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Shane Duffy. Photo: Sportsfile

Shane Duffy. Photo: Sportsfile

Shane Duffy. Photo: Sportsfile

Shane Duffy has been linked with a move away from Brighton in a bid for the Ireland star to get more regular first-team football with West Ham monitoring his position.

And his former manager at Brighton, Chris Hughton, is a candidate for the vacant job at relegated Bournemouth.

Duffy is under contract with Brighton until 2023 but he was a frustrated figure at times last season, starting just 12 Premier League games, and the recent signing of Dutch defender Joel Veltman will add to the competition for places.

Brighton have not formally put Duffy up for sale but they have suggested that some players will be available on loan for next season. But that is unlikely to appeal to the Derryman.

Promised

West Ham boss David Moyes was Everton manager when Duffy made his debut for the Toffees as a 17-year-old and the pair have a good working relationship. Moyes has been promised funds in the transfer market, with even more cash available to spend if West Ham sell Declan Rice during this transfer window.

Hughton could be offered a route back to management by Bournemouth. The Cherries have been linked with a number of names since the weekend exit of Eddie Howe but Hughton's experience has made him a realistic contender.

The FAI are set to lay out their strategy for Friday's special Council meeting at a media conference on Wednesday.

Senior figures will be present at an event which will highlight the views of the FAI top brass and the support they have received from official channels which will put the squeeze on unhappy board and council members that were looking for external support to back up their concerns about governance changes.

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