Tuesday 16 January 2018

Stuttgart move for Madden

Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

BOHEMIANS' striker Paddy Madden could be in line for a shock move to the Bundesliga after VfB Stuttgart approached the player with a view to taking him on trial next week.

The Phibsboro club have yet to receive an official request from the Germans, who have contacted his representatives. Any trial would need to be approved by the Dubliners before the highly rated youngster could go to the Mercedes Benz Arena to prove his worth.

The Ireland U-21 international has been signed up to the Wasserman Media Group agency in England, joining Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Robbie Keane in the American giant's stable of stars.

And it appears the organisation have cast their net wide in trying to find a new club the 20-year-old, who scored 11 league goals last season for the Gypsies and played for the Airtricity League XI against Manchester United.

Bohemians are keen to sell in order to ease their cash-flow crisis over the winter. The club did accept an offer in the region of €100,000 from Celtic for the youngster, but he couldn't agree personal terms at Parkhead.

Madden would prefer a move to England and the Championship to the Scottish Premier League, but his head may well be turned by the thriving Bundesliga. The striker is under contract at Dalymount Park until the end of next season.

Despite their money worries, the Gypsies have continued to pay him -- along with fellow prospects Aaron Greene and Marc Hughes -- when others have gone unpaid, as his sale would go a long way to ensuring the club's survival next season.

Madden, who has also attracted interest from Championship clubs Derby County and QPR, signed for Bohemians from his schoolboy club WFTA and after a loan spell with Shelbourne, he returned to score several important goals as the club claimed the 2009 title.

If he were to make the move to Stuttgart, Madden would be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Italian World Cup winner Mauro Camoranesi, German international Caucau and on-loan Liverpool full-back Philipp Degen, but the 2007 Bundesliga champions are currently struggling in the bottom three of the German top division.

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The Everton fans have voted Coleman the club's Player of the Month for November.

Irish Independent

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