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Everton eyeing Sweeney swoop

EVERTON are poised for another swoop on the Airtricity League as the Toffees are considering a bid for highly rated Bray Wanderers defender Pierce Sweeney.

lThe teenager has been a revelation in his first season of League of Ireland football after his move to Bray from Belvedere, making 12 Premier Division appearances.

lA number of UK clubs have come to watch the 18-year-old in action but Reading and Everton are currently leading the chase to sign the defender.

lEverton secured one of the bargains of the decade when they paid Sligo Rovers just €60,000 for Seamus Coleman.

lReading manager Brian McDermott is also keen, having been alerted to Sweeney by his Irish scout.

lEamon Zayed (Bray to Crewe in 2003) was Wanderers' most recent export to the UK, but the club have high hopes for Sweeney if they can hold on to his services.