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Saints: Fagan to stay


Chris Fagan. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Chris Fagan. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

Chris Fagan. Picture: David Maher/SPORTSFILE

ST PATRICK'S Athletic are set to turn down any moves for their star striker Chris Fagan, amid interest from several cross-channel clubs.

Fagan, who has netted 16 goals in 21 Premier Division games for the Saints so far this season, has attracted the attention of Norwegian side SK Brann - who were impressed by Fagan's display in the 1-1 Champions League draw away to Legia Warsaw.

A number of UK clubs have also watched Fagan, and chief among them are Chesterfield, with manager Paul Cook - formerly of Sligo Rovers - spotted at numerous St Pat's games.

However, Saints boss Liam Buckley is determined to keep his in-form striker and Brann's bid - thought to be in the region of 3100,000 is way off the 25-year-old's valuation by his club.

Dubliner Fagan started out as a trainee at Manchester United before spells with Hamilton in Scotland, Lincoln City back in England and Jerez in Spain before he moved back to Dublin with Bohemians.

But his career really took off with the Saints, as he helped the club claim the SSE Airtricity League title last year.

Fagan's form has got even better this season and he is now on course to break Shay Gibbons' Pat's record of 21 League goals in a season - if he remains at the club to do so.

Meanwhile, Cork City boss John Caulfield wasted no time in bringing Ross Gaynor to the club after the midfielder was let go by Sligo Rovers.

Gaynor goes into the Rebels' squad for tomorrow's crunch top-of-the-table Premier Division clash with Dundalk at Turner's Cross.