Further to confirmation that Cork City striker Sean Maguire will be moving to Preston North End in July, reports on Tuesday have suggested that the Championship club have yet more business to conduct on Leeside.
The Lancashire Post are alleging that Simon Grayson’s side are “on the brink” of signing left-back Kevin O’Connor to add to the ever-growing Irish contingent at Deepdale.
Manager Simon Grayson has already had some early success with League of Ireland signings with former Dundalk pair Daryl Horgan and Andy Boyle settling in well after moving last winter, and with Maguire already on the way it seems that the league has become a viable option for inexpensive signings for the former Leeds boss.
City manager John Caulfield would be loath to lose another key component of his side’s title charge, particularly with the future of Ryan Delaney still up in the air, but the call of the Championship and the chance to link up with Maguire, Boyle, Horgan and other Irish players Greg Cunningham, Alan Browne (whom he already knows), Eoin Doyle and, should he sign permanently, Aiden McGeady would be incredibly hard for O’Connor to pass up.
If the 22-year-old does leave Turner’s Cross during the transfer window, efforts may be intensified to sign Sligo Rovers’ Kieran Sadlier having reportedly already seen one approach rejected. Shane Griffin would presumably be slotted straight into that left-back role but O’Connor’s attacking threat would also need to be replaced in the Cork City team.