Striker Curtis Allen on Glentoran radar

Curtis Allen

Glentoran are hoping to secure the services of striker Curtis Allen in a bid to end the Oval outfit's recent poor goalscoring run.

The forward, who was recently released by Inverness Caledonian Thistle, watched the Glens' 2-1 Boxing Day defeat against Linfield at the Oval.

The former Linfield and Coleraine player is also understood to be the subject of interest from Crusaders.

Allen spent just six months at Caley Thistle before returning home.

The club cited "injury problems and homesickness" as the reasons for the 25-year-old's recent departure.

The former Northern Ireland Under-21 international failed to make a first-team appearance for the Scottish Premier League outfit despite having featured on the substitutes' bench.

"We are very interested in Curtis but we are working under financial constraints and that will impact on any move," said Glentoran manager Eddie Patterson.

"I have ambitions and the coaching staff have ambitions. All I can do is work with the hand I am dealt."

The Glens and Linfield are also believed to be tracking Portadown striker Kevin Braniff, with a view to making a move for the player in the January transfer window.

Blues boss David Jeffrey already has Robert Garrett and Ivan Sproule joining his squad in January, and is targeting Glentoran's Jimmy Callacher.

Meanwhile Ballymena United are on the trail of Coleraine forward Darren Boyce, who is presently on loan at Dungannon Swifts.

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