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Cliftonville join race for Colin Coates while Glentoran set to sign midfielder



Colin Coates

Colin Coates

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Colin Coates

Cliftonville have joined Glenavon in their pursuit of Crusaders captain Colin Coates, who is out of contract at Seaview in the summer.

The Reds have made contact to try and take the 34-year-old defender on loan until the end of the season and are prepared to make a bid to secure a permanent deal this week.

Glenavon have an offer on the table for the commanding centre-half, whose goal is to continue playing for at least a couple of years before considering a move into coaching.

Crusaders held talks with their skipper - who has been playing first team football at Seaview since he was 16 - and have made it clear an offer will be made to Coates by the end of the season.

Contrary to speculation, Linfield defender Josh Robinson has not signed a deal to return to the Crues in the summer when his current deal at Windsor Park expires.

But since Coates' back injury against Glentoran last month, boss Stephen Baxter has moved Billy Joe Burns from right back to centre-half alongside Rodney Brown with spectacular success.

Sunday Life Sport understands that Coates would ideally like to stay at Seaview, but has concerns that he will not get enough game time.

Meanwhile, Glentoran have made a move for Dungannon Swifts midfielder Seanan Clucas.

It is understood the 27-year-old has penned a pre-contract agreement with the Glens but told the Swifts he would only move on in this window if the club was able to source a replacement.

Stangmore Park chief Kris Lindsay signed former Ballymena United midfielder Shane McGinty on Friday, which could see Clucas move to east Belfast in the coming days.

The Glens, rebuffed in their £60,000 bids for both Joe Gormley of Cliftonville and Ballymena United striker Adam Lecky, have moved on to targets from outside the League and hope to sign a striker before the window closes.

John Herron has, meanwhile, been linked with a switch to Larne and will likely move to Inver Park in the summer when his deal at The Oval expires.

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