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Gavin Kilkenny in action for Republic of Ireland against Mattia Viti of Italy during the European U21 Qualifier last month. Photo: Sportsfile

Gavin Kilkenny in action for Republic of Ireland against Mattia Viti of Italy during the European U21 Qualifier last month. Photo: Sportsfile

Gavin Kilkenny in action for Republic of Ireland against Mattia Viti of Italy during the European U21 Qualifier last month. Photo: Sportsfile

Ireland U-21 midfielder Gavin Kilkenny is set for a loan move from Bournemouth to Stoke.

The 22-year-old is due to travel to England today to undergo a medical and complete a temporary switch to Michael O'Neill's side.

Kilkenny helped Bournemouth to promotion last term, making 18 appearances in all competitions for Scott Parker's side.

However, he only made one league outing after Christmas and was always likely to be sent out on loan this term to continue his education.

The St Kevin's Boys product has been converted into a deeper lying midfield role in recent seasons both with club and country.

He is an important member of Jim Crawford's Ireland U-21 squad and the proposed move to Stoke is attractive to all parties.

Meanwhile, St Patrick's Athletic winger Darragh Burns is set to complete his move to League One side MK Dons over the weekend.

Burns will not be involved in his club's league game with Drogheda United tonight, as he has undergone the first part of a medical with his new employers.

The League One side have agreed to pay a figure in the region of €180,000 for the Ireland U-21 winger.

Earlier this week, the Irish Independent revealed MK manager Liam Manning was at Burns' league meeting with Shamrock Rovers in order to watch Burns - although negotiations were already underway prior to that encounter.

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It's believed that a 20pc sell on clause is part of the deal.

The Saints have announced the departure of goalkeeper Josh Keeley for Spurs, a deal that was flagged last month.

"I'm absolutely over the moon to have signed for such a big club," said the Dunboyne lad, who made one league appearance for the Saints.


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