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Sammon switch to relegation battlers Scunthorpe requires leap of faith

IN-demand Irish striker Conor Sammon was last night in a dilemma over whether to join Championship strugglers Scunthorpe.

Kilmarnock have agreed a fee of £550,000 plus add-ons with the north Lincolnshire side for the 24-year-old Dubliner, who has starred in the SPL this term.

However, while the ex-UCD and Derry City striker is satisfied with the basic contract offer from Scunthorpe, he is mulling over the risk factor of joining a club that is in the relegation zone.

Barnsley and Sheffield United, who both have better survival prospects, would take Sammon in the summer and the former could yet look to bring the front man in before the close of the transfer window. Meanwhile, Southampton, who are well placed to mount a promotion challenge from League One, are also interested.

The complication for Sammon is that a clause in his expiring contract to extend it by a year will be automatically activated with a couple more appearances for Kilmarnock, thus affecting his value.

It's unclear if he will figure in Kilmarnock's league meeting with Hearts tonight as he was in Scunthorpe yesterday discussing terms.

Meanwhile, Aiden McGeady has revealed that his girlfriend is struggling with life away from Scotland.

The Irish winger has starred for Spartak Moscow since his big move last August, but has acknowledged that his partner, Claire, finds it difficult in the Russian capital.

"Naturally she doesn't have much fun in Moscow, but she is prepared to live with some discomforts for the sake of us being together," said McGeady.

"She has met some Russian girls who speak English. They dine out in cafes and restaurants. She goes to a gym. By profession she is a pharmacist. And of course, without the language, it is impossible for her to find a job in Russia."

The ex-Celtic star enjoyed the perks of a summer campaign by spending Christmas in Glasgow with his family, yet has acknowledged he must brush up on his own command of the lingo in the new year.

"Learning Russian is very hard for me," he said. "I can read Russian words and understand some of them, but when people speak it is difficult to get the meaning of the conversation. But I promised to learn Russian and I won't give up."

Irish Independent