Liverpool interest in Donnelly confirmed

Liverpool have emerged as the latest side to declare interest in Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly, BBC Sport reports.

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor was contacted by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish about the availability of Donnelly. The 19 year old has scored 17 goals for Cliftonville so far this season and Swansea City have seen a £100,000 bid accepted for the striker. Donnelly’s future should be sorted by Christmas and Liverpool face competition from Merseyside rivals Everton for the striker.

The Reds are eager to bring the best of young British talent to Anfield and see Donnelly as something they have to seize quickly. Cliftonville want to get the deal sorted and have said they will not enter new dialogue with interested parties after next Friday. Cliftonville chairman Lawlor has made clear Liverpool’s intentions with Donnelly’s agent set to hold talks with Everton and Swansea representatives soon.

Lawlor said: ‘It’s not every day you get Kenny Dalglish ringing you and asking how the Reds got on at the weekend. He made it clear that Liverpool want to sign him and that they would be back in touch.’

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