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Stephen Bradley is close to striking a deal with Shamrock Rovers which will see him sit in the Hoops' dug-out next season. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Stephen Bradley is close to striking a deal with Shamrock Rovers which will see him sit in the Hoops' dug-out next season. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

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Stephen Bradley is close to striking a deal with Shamrock Rovers which will see him sit in the Hoops' dug-out next season. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

Shamrock Rovers are on the verge of naming Stephen Bradley as their new assistant manager.

The 30-year-old works as Arsenal's Irish scout and recently managed the PFAI team for the annual FIFpro tournament in Oslo.

Since then Pat Fenlon, the Rovers manager, has been in touch and the pair are close to striking a deal which will see Bradley sit in the Hoops' dug-out next season.

Born and raised in Tallaght, Bradley shot to prominence as the most expensive teenager to ever be offered a youth contract when Arsenal signed him in 2000. He subsequently returned to the League of Ireland, where he won a league title with Drogheda United in 2007.

One significant complication in the completion of the deal surrounds Bradley's scouting commitments.

However, if he can timetable his working week to fit in his Rovers' requirements with his Arsenal ones, then a contract will be signed before the end of this month.

Meanwhile, Rovers are also favourites to land Northern Ireland international striker Rory Patterson from Derry City, while Championship side Brentford have taken Patrick McEleney on trial.

"We've spoken to Brentford and Patrick's agent, and agreed to let him go across for a week," said Derry manager Peter Hutton.

"We're delighted he has got the opportunity to return to England again having spent time at Sunderland as a teenager.

"Patrick has always held aspirations of returning to full-time football across the water and, as a club, we would never stand in his way."

Elsewhere, Richie Towell, Dundalk's standout player from their title-winning season, now looks set to stay with the club after months of speculation linked him with moves to Motherwell, Blackpool and Cardiff City.

In other news, Drogheda defender Paul Andrews is on the verge of a surprise move to Maltese side Zebbug Rangers.

The centre-back, who was a key player for Drogheda in 2014, is a free agent and Maltese sources have indicated that the newly promoted side are keen to secure his services.

And Limerick are close to capturing midfielder Jordan Keegan.

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