Pat Fenlon is plotting a double raid on the League of Ireland this January as he seeks to bolster his Hibernian side by taking two of the league’s most promising players.
The former Bohemians supremo is expected to launch a bid to take Chris Forrester from St Patrick’s Athletic and Ronan Finn from Shamrock Rovers, who both impressed this season and at 19 and 24 respectively are expected to have bright futures ahead of them. Both players remain under contract to their current clubs and will command a fee.
Hibs have enjoyed a great start to the Scottish Premier League this season and currently sit top, putting last year’s relegation dog fight and cup final heartbreak firmly behind them in the process.
A club employee revealed that the move for the duo is firmly in the pipeline, saying, “Pat obviously has great connections in Ireland and it is something the club have been working off. We have been examining numerous videos of players throughout the season and both Forrester and Finn excelled”.
Hibs will face a battle from Sunderland to net Forrester’s signature, with Martin O’Neill having watched the fledgling youngster in the Supersaints recent FAI cup final defeat to Derry City. It is also believed that new Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy may be considering a bid for the former Bohs ace, who he previously had on trial at Wolves.
However it is believed the Dubliner would favour a switch to Easter Road, where he would be re-united with Fenlon with the source adding, “Pat’s knowledge and past experience of working with Chris will be crucial in his final destination”.