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Foran hoping Rooney stays at Inverness

RICHIE Foran hopes that SPL side Inverness Caledonian Thistle manage to hang on to Irish striker Adam Rooney when the transfer window closes tonight.

Rooney's goals for Caley this season have prompted transfer speculation about the player, with interest from clubs in Russia and Switzerland as well as England, but club captain Foran hopes that his fellow Dubliner Rooney remains at the club despite the interest.

"My one wish at the moment is that I walk into the dressing room on Tuesday and Adam is still there," Foran said.

"I'd say it is 50-50 at the moment. Officially, there's been nothing new but I'm sure there are a lot of bigger clubs out there interested in him.

"Until that deadline has come and gone I won't be able to rest or feel certain that he'll still be here. He's a great asset for us and he's a mate as well so I'd love him to stay a bit longer.

"It would be nice to think he'll at least be with us to the summer but I'm certainly not going to rest easy until the window closes."

Conor Sammon is another Scottish-based Irish striker who is in demand after a flood of goals -- Sammon and Rooney have scored 30 goals between them this campaign.

Former UCD and Derry City man Sammon last week rejected a move to Scunthorpe United, but their Championship rivals Derby County were in Scotland to spy on Sammon again on Saturday where he scored in a 1-1 draw with Hamilton -- and the Rams could make a fresh bid for Sammon today.

"I've no idea what is happening, I'm aware of interest from Derby and I am not sure if the clubs are talking but I am in no rush to move on and I am happy here at Kilmarnock," he said.