STEVE Staunton's bid to bring Cork City keeper Dan Connor to the League Two club fell through yesterday when the club were unable to agree terms on payment of the Dubliner's wages.
Connor is one of six Cork players in dispute with City after the six publicly criticised club owner Tom Coughlan last week.
The six were initially suspended and fined two weeks' wages but for technical reasons -- they were not informed of their suspension by registered post as is required -- they have been effectively reinstated and they trained with their team-mates in Cork yesterday.
Darlington, currently 14 points away from safety in League Two, had tried to take Connor on loan until the end of the season and were reportedly offering to pay 80pc of the player's wages for the period, but Cork insisted that Staunton's club paid the full amount and the deal collapsed, despite a late bid by Staunton before the close of the transfer deadline yesterday.
Others from the group of six also have their futures in doubt, and Danny Murphy and Dan Murray could be set for a move to Shamrock Rovers as they are reportedly due to meet Rovers boss Michael O'Neill today.
Cork had a victory in the courts yesterday as they were granted a two-week adjournment over the winding-up order which was taken against them by the Revenue Commissioners over unpaid tax bills. Cork's legal team appealed for more time to allow the planned takeover of the club go through and City expect to have new owners in charge by Friday.