RICHIE Towell is now almost certain to leave Dundalk as the league champions today agreed a deal to sign Ronan Finn from Shamrock Rovers.
Towell, a key player for Dundalk in last season's title triumph, is out of contract at Oriel Park and while boss Stephen Kenny is keen to keep the Tallaght man at the club, cross-channel interest in Towell is hotting up.
He had an unsuccessful trial at Cardiff City but Championship sides Millwall and Blackpool were keen on the Dubliner, while as is new Motherwell boss Ian Baraclough - who is aware of Towell from his spell in Ireland as Sligo Rovers manager.
Towell (pictured) says he is still in talks with Dundalk and is keeping Kenny updated on his plans but the former Celtic and Hibs man is eager to play in Britain again. "There is nothing sorted yet but I want to go back across again if I can," he said. "Dundalk are being kept in the loop but I don't think Stephen Kenny would want to stand in the way of my career and I appreciate him for that."
Now Kenny has signed Ronan Finn as an ideal replacement. "I'm very happy to get it done finally. It was never in doubt really. It was going to happen but with holidays and work it just didn't. It's great to get it done, and before Christmas as well is a plus.
"I can't wait to get started and I am really happy to be at Dundalk," said Finn today after signing a two-year deal.
Meanwhile, Drogheda United have signed former Ireland youth international Neil Yadolahi. The Dubliner played for Bohemians in 2013 and then had a disappointing spell in Armenia with FC Banats but he's now back in Ireland as part of John McDonnell's Drogheda squad for 2015.
"It's been a difficult last couple of years playing football in Turkey and Armenia but the most important thing for me now is to start enjoying it again," said Yadolahi, 21.