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Madden not on the move

PAT FENLON expects Ireland U21 cap Paddy Madden to still be a Bohemians player when the transfer window in the UK closes tomorrow.

Madden, 20, has been repeatedly linked with a move away from Dalymount Park in recent weeks due to the club's financial position, and over the weekend it was reported that Bohs had turned down a bid of just €60,000 from Celtic for the striker, who ended a six-game goal famine by scoring the winner for Bohs against Shelbourne in the FAI Cup on Friday night.

But Fenlon insists that no formal approach has been made for Madden and unless today brings a sudden bidding war for the striker, he should see out the season at Dalymount Park.

"As of this morning there is no official bid in for Paddy from Celtic or from anyone else," said Fenlon.

"Celtic are aware of Paddy and I have had discussions with them about Paddy, but there has been no contact for two or three weeks and there is no bid that I am aware of.

"If Celtic do decide to go for Paddy I think they would see him as a long-term signing for the future and not someone they would put into the first team straight away, so they probably have other priorities now.

"So I don't expect to see Paddy move before the window closes, unless someone comes in with a very good offer today or tomorrow."

Fenlon was delighted to see Madden score for the first time in a month as Bohs outwitted Shels to move into the last eight of the FAI Cup.

"Strikers live off their scoring runs and Paddy is no different, so it was great for him to score on Friday, it was a superb finish," said Fenlon, who hopes that Jason Byrne can overcome a calf injury picked up in the Shels game in time for next Friday's important league game against Sporting Fingal.

Madden made his debut for the Irish U21s in a 4-1 defeat to Armenia last year but he's failed to make the squad since then and was omitted again from the squad which takes on Switzerland and Turkey over the next week, but Madden retains hope of winning back his place in the panel.

"I was in the squad for the Armenia match before, hopefully if I keep scoring with Bohs I can get back in the squad again. I was on standby for the last match against Estonia and if the goals keep coming for me I might get a chance again," said Madden.