In-demand Browne also on the radar of Middlesbrough
MIDDLESBROUGH have been watching Alan Browne regularly with a view to making a move for the Irish teenager in the summer.
The Corkman has attracted plenty of interest since making a big impression at League One level with Preston, the club he joined last January.
Ireland assistant boss Roy Keane went to watch him in their FA Cup clash with Norwich earlier this month and both Swansea and Hull are keeping tabs on the midfielder's progress.
And it's believed that Middlesbrough have been regularly represented at Deepdale as they ponder an addition to their squad with a view to the long-term.
Conor Sammon's stay at Ipswich looks set to be cut short to allow the Dubliner to finish the campaign on loan at fellow Championship side Huddersfield.
Sammon joined Mick McCarthy's Irish legion from Derby in the summer on a season-long loan but the exceptional form of Daryl Murphy and David McGoldrick has starved him of opportunities.
Meanwhile, James McClean has vented his frustration at Wigan's erratic form which has left Malky Mackay's charges in the Championship relegation zone.
"We're conceding too many silly goals and not scoring enough at the other end," said McClean who scored a stunning consolation in their weekend loss to Birmingham. "It feels like I'm saying the same things every week, like a broken record.
"It must be frustrating for the fans, but it's frustrating for us as well. They don't want excuses and it's up to us to deliver."
Sligo Rovers have looked abroad to bolster their forward department by capturing ex-Chelsea attacker Morten Nielsen.
The Dane (24) was part of Chelsea's FA Youth Cup Final team in 2008 and has since embarked on a journey which included stints in Holland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany.
"He is a goalscorer first and foremost," said Sligo boss Owen Heary. "We done our research with Gerry Cassidy and found a high-calibre player so hopefully he will be able to hit the ground running."
Heary could move for experienced defender Aidan Price if he can find room in his squad.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have offered Chuba Akpom a new three-year contract as they try to keep the striker at the club.
The 19-year-old, who has made three first-team appearances this year, has six months remaining on his Arsenal deal and is therefore allowed to speak to interested foreign clubs about a pre-contract.
Feyenoord, FC Twente and Borussia Dortmund all made Akpom offers to join in the summer and there is also interest from Premier League clubs.