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O'Neill to see Duffy at Glovers

IN A clear signal that he is keen to check out his defensive options, Martin O'Neill (pictured) will head for Huish Park today to check out Yeovil Town defender Shane Duffy.

O'Neill has, for the second weekend in a row, avoided the Premier League and will instead take in Yeovil's Championship game at home to Sheffield Wednesday.

The only Irish interest at Wednesday is on-loan striker Leon Best, last capped in 2010, so O'Neill is clearly eager to see Duffy first hand. The Derry lad, currently on a season-long loan deal from Everton, captained the Irish U21s in their midweek defeat to Montenegro, but O'Neill was unable to see that match as he was preparing the senior side for their game against Serbia and the Ireland boss wants to see how his fellow Derry man shapes up.

Duffy was called into the senior squad by Giovanni Trapattoni and has since become an established member of the U21 side, playing in 20 of their last 21 games.

PULIS SINGS PRAISE OF SAINTS' SYSTEM

Tony Pulis believes Southampton have solved the puzzle of bringing through academy players – but warned that tempting offers from other clubs could still see that home-grown talent fly the nest.

Calum Chambers, James Ward-Prowse, Adam Lallana, Sam Gallagher and England's latest cap Luke Shaw have all played some part for the Saints this season and Palace boss Pulis is not at all surprised.

"They have done it consistently for a long time," said Pulis ahead of today's clash with the Saints.

"They have the jigsaw sorted out and all the pieces are in the right place."

But Pulis admits it is hard for them to keep hold of all of their talent, when big clubs come in. "I think they accept that," he said.


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