DERRY SET FOR WINDFALL?

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DERRY City Football Club is currently holding its breath following the news that former winger, James McClean, could well be on his way to Glasgow Celtic.

Rumours have continued to circulate last night, both in Sunderland and in Scotland, that the “Hoops” were prepared to table a bid, understood to be in the region of £2.5 million for the Creggan Heights native.

And should such high profile speculation prove to be accurate, then the Brandywell club could find itself pocketing a cool £500,000 as Derry City hold a 20 per cent sell-on clause following the winger’s move to the North-West in the summer of 2010.

Not aware of situation

Derry City, however, have opted to take a step back from the rumours, insisting that the local club has not been made aware of the situation.

A spokesman said that while the club had learned of the speculation regarding their former star, nothing had been confirmed to them.

“We have heard speculation suggesting that James is a target for Neil Lennon and that he would be prepared to join Celtic if such a situation arose but, outside of that, we have not been approached by anyone,” he said.

And when questioned on the 20 per cent sell-on clause, the Derry spokesman confirmed that the Brandywell club did hold a sell-on clause, but he refused to confirm or deny the actual percentage involved.

Meanwhile, while the left winger is continuing his pre-season preparations with the “Black Cats” on their tour of the Far East, sources at the North-East of England club have suggested that a bid from Celtic for the player is imminent.

The local daily newspaper, “The Sunderland Echo,” had earlier suggested that new boss, Paolo Di Canio would be making changes prior to the new season kick-off.

However, in order to secure new players, Martin O’Neill’s successor would be expected to fund any new arrivals with sales.

Indeed, yesterday, the paperconfirmed the move of Alfred N’Diaye to Turkish club Eskyiehirspor on loan.

And regular first teamers under O’Neill, Phil Bardsley and Lee Catermole, are both expected to be on their way out of the club sooner rather than later.

That report also made it clear, that there would be others on the move.

Belgian keeper, Simon Mignolet moved to Liverpool for £9 million.

And as one Derry City favourite could be about to join Celtic, another Brandywell star who has left Parkhead could be signing on the dotted line for Championship representatives, Millwall.

In fact, Paddy McCourt has been linked with quite a few clubs following his departure from Celtic Park with Birmingham, Peterbrough, Blackpool and now the Steve Lomas managed Millwall considered favourites to sign him.

Should that be the case, Paddy would link-up with former team-mate, David Forde, who has established himself at the New Den as the club’s No. 1 goalkeeper.

The 29-year-old was believed to be a target of Blackpool boss, former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Ince, who would be attempting to scupper a move to Peterbrough at the eleventh hour.

However, since that, it’s been suggested that McCourt, a free agent, is scheduled to have talks with Lomas before this weekend.