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Sheridan's set for Sofia move

IRELAND striker Cillian Sheridan will agree a three-year contract with Bulgarian side CSKA Sofia later today.

The 21-year-old has been made available for transfer by Celtic and the Bhoys have already agreed a €400,000 fee with CSKA for Sheridan, who was in Bulgaria yesterday to watch the Sofia derby, his side CSKA losing 1-0 to Levski.

CSKA are due in Ireland later this week as they play Belfast side Cliftonville in the third qualifying round of the Europa League, CSKA leading 3-0 from the first leg in Sofia.

"I came over to see what the club was like and whether I liked it," Sheridan said. "I know next to nothing about CSKA although I watched them play Fulham and Roma in Europe last year and they looked good. I am looking forward to being here."

Cavan man Sheridan made just 14 SPL appearances for Celtic and spent last season away from Parkhead, on loan to Plymouth and St Johnstone.

He was eager to secure first team football for next season to keep his place in the Ireland squad, Sheridan winning two senior caps against Algeria and Paraguay in May.



Whelan major doubt for Trap

STOKE CITY have concerns over three Irish midfielders after a pre-season friendly with Burnley, with Glenn Whelan's fitness a cause for worry for Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni.

"Glenn's got a bit of a calf strain so we'll have to see how bad that is," Potters manager Tony Pulis said.

"Rory Delap's back locked up a little bit so we're hoping that'll be OK. Liam Lawrence's back locked up a little bit in the second half and we were close to taking him off, but he ran through it so hopefully they are not too bad."



Carsley hailed by Boothroyd

COVENTRY City boss Aidy Boothroyd is already delighted with the impact that former Ireland man Lee Carsley is having at the Ricoh Arena club.

Carsley last week opted to join Coventry, despite interest from Roy Keane's Ipswich, and the former Birmingham man impressed in Saturday's friendly against West Brom.

"Lee is a winner and winners have this infectious behaviour, which rubs off on everybody around them," said Boothroyd.

Carsley became the fourth Irish player to move to Coventry this season, following Stephen O'Halloran, Richard Keogh and Roy O'Donovan, who join Gary Deegan and Keiren Westwood in the first-team squad.


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