Liverpool transfer rival confident of claiming Celtic striker


Swansea City manager Brendan Rodgers is confident of completing a deal for Clifonville striker Rory Donnelly, despite interest from Liverpool.

The newly promoted Swans agreed a fee last week, with terms having been discussed between the player and the club.

However, Cliftonville have since claimed that Donnelly is also attracting the attention of Liverpool, but Rodgers is unperturbed.

"I know what's on offer at this club," said Rodgers. "If Rory is clever enough, he will look at our squad and see that there are two young, homegrown players who have come through and are playing in the Premier League.

"He will also see that there are lots of other young players at this club as well as some top senior professionals who can help the younger players through.

"He will see a wonderful city which will be very much like home for him, and a club with a manager and a group of people who can really aid his career.

"If he doesn't see it that way then good luck to him in whatever he does and we will move on."

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor said on Monday that he'd had contact from Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish.

"It's not every day you get Kenny Dalglish ringing you and asking how the Reds got on at the weekend," Lawlor said.

"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."

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