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Red-hot Daniel Hughes is a huge coup for Cliftonville

By Conor McLaughlin

Cliftonville have beaten Linfield to the signature of Daniel Hughes.

The Warrenpoint Town striker last night put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal with the Reds and will officially complete his move when the January transfer window opens.

Ineligible to play when the Point visit Solitude on New Year's Day, the 23-year-old - a long-term Blues target with current Windsor Park boss David Healy following up on the pursuit instigated by predecessor Warren Feeney - said signing for Cliftonville was "too good an opportunity to turn down" but vowed to do everything he can to help his current employers before pitching up in north Belfast.

"The ideal story for me this season is for Cliftonville to win the league and Warrenpoint to stay up," explained the frontman, who enjoyed a trial with Bolton Wanderers last season and had also attracted interest from Glentoran and Portadown.

"I'd love to play a part in both of those things happening. Before I go, we've tough matches against Glenavon and Carrick and I'll be giving it my all to try and get us six points."

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