Dundalk play maker Patrick McEleney looks set for a move to League One side Oldham Athletic.

McEleney has attracted interest from a host of clubs which include Blackburn, Doncaster and a club in the MLS but it’s understood that Oldham are firmly in pole position to complete a deal.

The 25-year-old can play as a midfielder or a forward, and is now out of contract at Dundalk after finishing his second season with the club.

The Irish side are keen to keep him, but it is believed that Latics have offered a deal to McEleney and are hopeful of bringing him to Boundary Park.

McEleney could serve as a ready-made replacement for Jack Byrne, who is due to return to his parent club Wigan Athletic when his loan deal with Richie Wellens’ side ends in January. Jack Byrne has had an impressive loan spell at Latics making 18 appearances scoring five times and has three assist for the club. The former Manchester City youngster had a difficult few months since leaving the Premier League side, but he now appears to have his career back on track.

Oldham will also be trying to retain Eoin Doyle and Kean Bryan’s loans which are due to expire in January. Eoin Doyle is Oldham’s top goalscorer with 12 goals and has played a key part in Oldham’s revival this season. Doyle’s parent club Preston North End seem to be keen on Motherwell striker Louis Moult, which could see Doyle leave permanently.

Kean Bryan has also played a huge part in this season with his introduction into the Latics defence, the young Manchester City prospect is certainly catching the eye.


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