Saturday 3 December 2016

PSG linked with shock bid for Coleman

Published 29/08/2015 | 02:30

Seamus Coleman of Everton (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Seamus Coleman of Everton (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

French giants Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a shock move for Ireland fullback Seamus Coleman, with Everton reported to have knocked back a third-party approach.

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Speculation in the UK suggests that the Premier League club were approached by an English agent working on behalf of PSG with a figure of €20m floated.

It's claimed that Everton knocked back the offer from the French champions and told them there would be no point in coming back with a second bid.

Coleman signed a new five-year deal last summer, but contract security has failed to keep Chelsea away from their pursuit of John Stones.

The ex-Sligo Rovers man was previously mentioned as a target for Manchester United and it's believed that a tentative approach was made during David Moyes' time in charge.

However, the player was reluctant to rock the boat and current United boss Louis van Gaal has strengthened that department by recruiting Matteo Darmian.

It means that Coleman, who turns 27 in October, is facing a big campaign ahead if he has ambitions of progressing to Champions League level. He was selected by his peers for the PFA Team of the Season in 2013/14 but struggled to reach the same level last term as the Roberto Martinez's charges toiled.

His next task after this evening's encounter at Spurs will be to link up with the Ireland squad at their new HQ in Abbotstown on Monday for the double header with Gibraltar and Georgia.

Daryl Murphy, Keiren Westwood and Greg Cunningham are set to be absent through injury, with Martin O'Neill due to trim down his enlarged provisional squad over the weekend.

Their respective club managers Mick McCarthy (Ipswich), Carlos Carvalhal (Sheffield Wednesday) and Simon Grayson (Preston) delivered the negative update when confirming the injured trio would be absent for club duties today.

It's a major blow for Murphy who had moved up the pecking order to start June's Aviva Stadium draw with Scotland ahead of Shane Long.

Another starter in that game, Jeff Hendrick, is on course to take up a call after putting himself back into contention at Derby.

Irish Independent

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