Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly is being pusued by Liverpool, Swansea and Everton in a week-long mad dash for his signature. Kenny Dalglish, Brendan Rodgers and David Moyes — three of the English Premier Leauge's leading managers — have each officially registered their interest in the player.
The 19-year-old striker has 17 goals in all competitions for the Northern Ireland Premier League club. Cliftonville hopes to end the speculations about his future and sell him to the highest bidder. Swansea's £100,000 ($155,290) transfer bid was accepted last weekend, and Donnelly spent part of Monday in Wales meeting with Rodgers and touring Swansea.
Everton and Liverpool can easily match that fee, and will likely bid for the striker and make sales on-site pitches of their own. Dalglish spoke with Cliftonville Chairman Gerard Lawlor, who revelled in dealing with the LFC manager.
"It's not every day you get Kenny Dalglish ringing you and asking how the Reds got on at the weekend,” Lawlor told the Liverpool Echo. Unsurprisingly, his main reason for phoning was to declare an interest in Rory Donnelly. He made it clear that Liverpool want to sign him and that they would be back in touch."
"I'll admit that getting a phone call from Kenny Dalglish threw me a little bit – -it took a wee while before I realised it was actually him and not somebody messing me about."
Moyes told the Daily Mail that Everton chairman Bill Kenwright spoke with Lawlor about bringing Donelly to the cash-strapped Merseyside club.
"We are in there trying to see what the situation is," Moyes said. "The chairman spoke with their chairman there so we are around that as well.
"I am hoping to be able to add to the squad if I can. But we don't have bundles of cash so we’ll try to do what we can and look to an alternative market to try to get players in."
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