Liverpool enter race for Cliftonville's Rory Donnelly

Liverpool are the latest club to enter the race to sign Cliftonville striker Rory Donnelly.

Cliftonville chairman Gerard Lawlor told BBC Sport NI that he had been contacted by Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish about Donnelly on Sunday.

The club have accepted an offer of around £100,000 from Swansea for the 19-year-old while Donnelly has also been linked with Everton.

Cliftonville want Donnelly's future to be sorted out before Christmas.

Donnelly is in Wales on Monday to discuss personal terms with Swansea City.

However, Lawlor is now expecting Liverpool to follow up Dalglish's initial contact with a follow-up call on Monday.

Donnelly has scored 17 goals this season, several of them spectacular, leading to interest from several clubs.

Everton and Brentford have been among the other prominent suitors before Swansea put in a firm bid last week.

A Cliftonville statement said on Sunday that they would not be entering into any new dialogue with interested parties after next Friday.

"Cliftonville this week announced the acceptance of a transfer offer from Swansea City FC for striker Rory Donnelly," the club stated.

"The club are also aware of interest in the player from a number of other sources and has responded to a series of tentative enquiries in recent weeks.

"We are, however, keen to bring the issue to a conclusion as soon as possible."

Lawlor told the BBC that he wanted "the best deal for club but ultimately it's about the player and what is best for Rory at this stage in his young career".

The Cliftonville chairman acknowledged that the transfer speculation is in danger of becoming a distraction to the team and manager Tommy Breslin.

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