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Trap set to pen deal by Euros draw

GIOVANNI Trapattoni will sit down for talks with the FAI next week and could be signed up to a new deal before the draw for the Euro 2012 finals gets underway next Friday evening.

The FAI Board met earlier this week and gave the go-ahead to begin formal talks.

Informal discussions over the last few months revealed a gap between Trapattoni's expectation and the salary the FAI wanted to pay, but qualification has changed the dynamic and an agreement should not be difficult to achieve.

Trapattoni and assistant Marco Tardelli have been busy in the last few weeks, and one of the main targets of their efforts has been Norwich City's in-form Irish trio -- Anthony Pilkington, Wes Hoolahan and Marc Tierney.


Tardelli, who took in the Canaries clash with Arsenal last weekend, has once again confirmed that all three will be watched closely between now and the next international friendly date in February.

"We follow all players and we decide, Giovanni decides, when will be the right moment," said Tardelli.

"Maybe it is possible they could play in the friendly, but I cannot say for sure. They know that we follow them, if they play everything is possible.

"The Norwich team has good players, Pilkington and Tierney are good players. For us and the national team it is very good because they are young players for the future.

"I have known Hoolahan for two or three years since we arrived in Ireland. He is a good player, good quality, a skilful player, and I think now more experienced than three years ago," Tardelli added.