Wednesday 17 January 2018

Damien Duff and James McClean set for summer moves - reports

Damien Duff and James McClean are reportedly edging closer to summer moves.
Damien Duff and James McClean are reportedly edging closer to summer moves.
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Irish footballers Damien Duff and James McClean could be set for pastures new according to reports in today's papers.

Former Irish international Duff suffered a season-ending double injury in February when he strained ankle ligaments and tore a tendon in his calf and his time in Australia may be coming to an end.

Sound bites from Duff himself recently suggested that his plan to finish his career in Ireland could come about sooner than expected and The Irish Sun reports today that Bray Wanderers are poised to swoop for Duff’s signature.

The paper says the former Chelsea man has held talks with a group expected to take ownership of the club.

Current international McClean is widely expected to leave Wigan this summer following their relegation to League One, and he may be about to join the growing Irish contingent in MLS.

Robbie Keane, Sean St Ledger and, soon to be, Kevin Doyle will be playing across the Atlantic and The Irish Daily Star reports that McClean may be about to  follow suit.

Orlando City and Colorado Rapids, home to St Ledger and Doyle respectively, are suggested as the most likely destinations.

McClean's contract at Wigan is worth in the region of €30k a week is likely to scupper any potential move to Glasgow Celtic, with a move Stateside an attractive option for the former League of Ireland star.

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