Derry City manager Declan Devine says that any fee received for left-back Daniel Lafferty will be used to strengthen his transfer budget.
Lafferty, 22, is currently on trial at English Championship side Burnley. In recent months he has spent time with both Brighton and Hove Albion and Derby County.
Devine, 38, told the Sunday Journal that whilst he does not want to lose a player of Lafferty’s calibre he can understand why the club would be willing to listen to offers.
“Daniel Lafferty is perhaps one of the best full-backs in the country so naturally I’ll be disappointed if he leaves.
“However, he has another nine months left on his current contract so he is a real asset to Derry City Football Club. If he was to wait until the summer then it wouldn’t be good business for the club.
“One of the first conversations I had with the Board was about what happens if we sell a player. Absolutely, I’ll be looking to strengthen my transfer budget with any money we receive. We have lost a lot of top quality players in the off season so anything that can be done to ensure that they are replaced should be done.”
Earlier this week contract talks between Derry City and striker Mark Farren were reported to have broken down. In the last few days Greencastle man, Farren, has been linked with a move to Dundalk FC or Cork City.
Devine, who was on his way to an Irish League match to observe an unnamed player, told the Sunday Journal that Farren is exactly the type of player he wants to keep at Brandywell.
“I met with Mark Farren a few days ago and the club made him an offer of a new contract.
“I know Mark is being linked with a move away from Derry City and if that happened I would find it very hard to watch.
“I have worked with Mark for quite some time now and I know what he’s all about. He’s a class act and nothing would me happier than to see him line out in the Candy Stripe jersey next season and go on and become the club’s record goal scorer.”
Devine hinted that the reason talks had broken down was due to wages.
“Everyone at the club has had to take a pay cut and the offer I made Mark is the best I can do with my current budget. I am sure the fans would want Mark back at the Brandywell next season. My offer is still on the table so I’ll have my fingers crossed.”
Devine went on to confirm that the deal to bring current Northern Ireland international Rory Patterson to Brandywell should be completed on Monday.
Patterson, 27, is still technically a Plymouth Argyle player but Devine remains confident that he’ll be able to officially dawn Derry’s famous red and white jersey early next week.
Patterson, who was on a season long loan deal at Irish League side Linfield, is reported to have agreed a three year deal with Derry City.
“There are still a few wee things to get sorted but if everything goes to plan Rory will become a Derry City player.
“He was the player I put top of my list when I became manager and I am delighted that we are nearly there.
“Rory’s joined us in training the last few days and he looks like an amazing operator.
“I think that he’ll do well in the League of Ireland and I am convinced that he’ll give the fans something to cheer about.”