CORK City boss John Caulfield expects highly-rated full back Brian Lenihan to make up his mind tomorrow on a move to England following talks with clubs in England.
City have come to terms with the fact that U21 cap Lenihan has played his last game for the club and he was not involved in last night's FAI Cup defeat to Bohemians in Dublin.
Two cross-channel clubs have lodged bids for the 20-year-old, Brighton and Hull City, and now it's just a matter of what the player wants to do, but it's thought that Hull boss Steve Bruce is most keen to land the defender.
"Brian is over in England. I believe he met Brighton on Monday and is meeting Hull on Tuesday, so we will know his decision by Wednesday, but he is gone from us, it's not my concern now and we wish him well," City manager Cauldfield said after last night's 1-0 loss away to Bohs in that FAI Cup tie.
"He has been fantastic for us, a great lad and we are all hoping he gets the right deal for himself, hopefully he will drive on and progress. For a guy to go from our club straight over to a Championship or Premier League club is a huge honour for us and we wish him well but he won't be part of my plans for the run-in, that's the way it is."
Lenihan made his City debut in the 2012 season but he had to wait until the current season to establish himself in the side.
His form brought international recognition as he made his Ireland U21 debut against Qatar in May and he also sparked cross-channel interest.
Premier League sides QPR, Hull, Aston Villa and Arsenal all send scouts to check on Lenihan while Championship teams Wigan, Brighton, Bournemouth and now a cross-channel move is imminent.
Meanwhile Caulfield admits he has no complaints about the Cup exit. "I am disappointed we are out. We dominated the game in terms of possession but didn't create enough clear-cut chances,." he said.
"Both teams looked jaded and it wasn't a good-quality game. We are disappointed to be out but we have some huge games to go in the league, we can't feel sorry for ourselves, we have to bounce back and see can we turn it around in the league. we have to push Dundalk all the way in the league, that's the aim now."