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Larne ace Marty Donnelly on Linfield’s radar

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Martin Donnelly

Linfield have entered the race to sign Larne’s transfer-listed forward Marty Donnelly, along with several rival clubs, Sunday Life Sport can reveal.

David Healy places great emphasis on set pieces and while, at 32, Donnelly may not have lightning pace, his dead balls remain arguably the best in the Danske Bank Premiership.

Cliftonville are also interested in taking Donnelly back to Solitude, along with Newry City and Bangor, but also retain an interest in Glentoran winger Jamie McDonagh.

Sunday Life Sport understands the Glens are keen on Reds keeper Aaron McCarey, who has been at odds with the north Belfast club, and McDonagh could be used as part of any deal.

Current Glentoran goalkeeper Dayle Coleing has been the subject of much interest and sources suggest he could be allowed to leave if the correct replacement can be sourced.

The Reds have identified a new keeper should McCarey leave Solitude, which seems likely after a disagreement about his contract.

Derry City made a bid for the 29-year-old Monaghan man believing they could take advantage of a release mechanism in McCarey’s contract, but were rebuffed as only a transfer request from the player — who did not feature in Cliftonville’s opening pre-season friendly victory over Newry City yesterday — himself could trigger the clause.

Glentoran are not interested in Coleraine centre-half Aaron Canning, with an attacking midfielder in the guise of Shay McCartan being the priority for Mick McDermott.

Meanwhile, Glens frontman Cameron Stewart has opted not to take up an offer from Carrick Rangers, despite a bid of £10,000 being accepted by the east Belfast club.


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