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Sunday Life: Cliftonville rocked as Shamrock Rovers prepare bid for Joe Gormley

Joe Gormley
Joe Gormley

By Steven Beacom

SHAMROCK Rovers have set their sights on signing Cliftonville record goalscorer Joe Gormley.

Sources in Dublin have told Sunday Life Sport that Rovers are determined to snap up the Solitude hero for next season's League of Ireland campaign, which starts in February.

The news comes ahead of Cliftonville's home League game against Newry City tonight, which will be live on Sky Sports.

Gormley is a Cliftonville legend and last month broke the north Belfast club's goalscoring record. The 28-year old has a staggering 175 strikes for the Reds after netting the winner against Glentoran last week.

Cliftonville would not want to lose him, but they have a big call to make as it is understood Rovers are willing to pay a hefty fee for a player they believe can move them closer to Dundalk and Cork City in their bid to win a first title since 2011 when Michael O'Neill was in charge.

Gormley is in his second spell at Solitude after he returned home from an unhappy and injury-ravaged time in England and Scotland.

Considered the most feared and lethal marksman in the Premiership, Gormley has scored 12 times in the Irish League this season.

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