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Cork agree fee for U21 cap Lenihan

Ireland U21 star Brian Lenihan has played his last game for Cork City as the club today confirmed that they have accepted a bid f or the defender.

The 20-year-old has been linked with a number of cross-channel clubs since he established himself in the Cork side this season and earlier this week City boss John Caulfield admitted that the U21 cap was likely to move before the window closes, but an exit - most likely to Brighton - moved closer this morning.

"Cork City Football Club can confirm that the club has received an offer for our player, Brian Lenihan, which has been accepted. The club will not be making any further comment on the matter at this time, and the focus of our management and players is fully on Friday night's FAI Ford Cup tie against Bohemians at Turner's Cross," City said in a statement.

Brighton, Hull City, Wigan, Arsenal, Tottenham and QPR all sent scouts to watch Lenihan. Cork managed to pull in transfer fees in excess of €400,000 when they sold the likes of Roy O'Donovan, Alan Bennett and Dave Mooney to English clubs in the recent past but they may have to settle for an initial fee of €200,000 for Lenihan.

Lenihan broke into the City first team in the 2012 season but was a key part of the side this term and he had missed just one league game he was sidelined last month with a head injury, but after an enforced absence due to concussion he has been back in the City side for their last two games.

Cork remain in the hunt for a league and FAI Cup double.