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Linfield's Michael O'Connor set for Waterford loan move ahead of potential Glentoran summer switch

Michael O'Connor.
Michael O'Connor.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Linfield striker Michael O'Connor is set to see out the season on loan at Waterford, although Glentoran's interest in the player remains.

The 21 year-old will rejoin Waterford for the first half of the 2020 League of Ireland season until his Linfield contract expires during the summer.

The Belfast Telegraph understands that O'Connor then favours a move to Glentoran, who he is likely to join on a free transfer ahead of the 2020/21 Irish League campaign.

Glentoran had tabled a £10,000 offer in the hope of coaxing Linfield into selling the player this month rather than lose him for nothing in a few months' time.

However, with the two clubs involved in a close title tussle, the Blues weren't willing to sell to their biggest rivals and risk strengthening the Glens' challenge for the run-in.

As a result, O'Connor will now - subject to international clearance - return south to Waterford, where he spent the second half of the 2019 League of Ireland season, scoring four goals in 13 league appearances.

He scored nine Danske Bank Premiership goals for Linfield last season but moved out on loan as part of the deal that brought Bastien Hery to Windsor Park.

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If a move to Glentoran comes to fruition, he will link up with brother Ciaran, who signed for the club last month and made his debut during Saturday's Irish Cup fifth round win over Portadown.

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