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Boyle heads back to Scotland


Andy Boyle

Andy Boyle

Andy Boyle

Andy Boyle has become the first Ireland international to secure a move before the transfer deadline closes tomorrow night as he joins Ross County on loan.

Boyle (27) had been in line to leave Preston North End, as his contract there expired at the end of the season and boss Alex Neil had made it clear the ex-Dundalk man was not in his plans.

The Dubliner spent the first half of this season on loan to SPL side Dundee and his mission now is to get Championship outfit Ross County promoted.

Boyle had been linked with a move for their former player but he was keen to stay in the UK and will aim to use the Ross County move to establish himself.

But more Irish players will be on the move before the window closes tomorrow.

Local media in Nottingham have reported that Martin O'Neill is trying to seal a deal to take James McClean to the City Ground from Stoke City.

McClean only joined Stoke last summer on a four-year deal but he has struggled to get starts in the City side.

Current Ireland U18 cap Luca Connell has been linked with a move away from struggling Bolton Wanderers.

The defender, still only 17, broke into the first team at Bolton last month and is highly rated but the cash-strapped club could be forced into selling Connell.

Premier League sides Tottenham, Southampton, Burnley and Brighton have all been linked with Connell.

And Sky Sports have reported that former Ireland U21 cap Liam Kelly is wanted by Serie A side Udinese.

Kelly (23) had a good start to the season at Reading but fell down the pecking order as the club struggled, and he has not featured in their last 10 league games, the Royals happy to let the midfielder leave on loan.

Reading are also posed to allow David Meyler move away for a loan spell after a dificlult time for the Cork native.