Friday 20 October 2017

McCarthy eyes up move for Sammon

Mick McCarthy
Mick McCarthy
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

MICK McCARTHY is eyeing up a January move to bring Derby's Irish striker Conor Sammon to Ipswich.

The Dubliner has been forced to settle for the role of impact sub under Derby boss Steve McClaren and several Championship clubs are monitoring his situation.

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer is an admirer of the 27-year-old, but McCarthy also feels that he could bring something to his front line and will examine the possibility of a January switch.

Sammon was signed for Derby by their former manager Nigel Clough in August 2012 and he still has over two years remaining on his current deal.

Giovanni Trapattoni was a fan of the former UCD and Derry striker, but he was not part of either squad selected by Noel King and missed out on the first gathering of the Martin O'Neill era.

Meanwhile, Martin Jol's departure from Fulham could remove one possibility for David Forde in the likely event that he moves from Millwall in the new year.

Forde's contract expires at the end of the season and he is attracting firm interest from both Celtic and Crystal Palace.

Fulham were also looking to bring in Forde as back-up for Maarten Stekelenberg, but that could change after Jol was shown the door.

The Galwegian's preference would be to secure regular first-team football and a move to Celtic would depend on whether Fraser Forster moved on. But the 33-year-old will also be presented with offers to join a Premier League club as No 2 which would appeal financially but jeopardise his prospects of claiming the Ireland jersey on a long-term basis.

Irish Independent

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