Derry target Patterson

�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 06th August 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye''Carling Premiership - Glenavon v Linfield''Glenavon's with Linfield's during Saturdays Carling Premiership match at Mournview.

�Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland - 06th August 2011 Mandatory Credit - Photo-William Cherry/Presseye''Carling Premiership - Glenavon v Linfield''Glenavon's with Linfield's during Saturdays Carling Premiership match at Mournview.

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Derry City are reported to be interested in signing Plymouth Argyle striker Rory Patterson.

Patterson, 27, is currently on loan at Irish League side Linfield but is reported to favour a move to Derry as it is closer to his home in Strabane.

Speaking to the Sunday Journal yesterday afternoon Derry City boss Declan Devine revealed that he was keeping tabs on players in Ireland, England, Scotland and “further a field”.

“I have people watching players all over Ireland and England and further a field.

“We have lost a lot of high quality players in the off season and it’s up to us to replace them.

“There are a few players I am looking at but I don’t want to go into the details until any deal is signed, sealed and delivered.”

Devine confirmed that Derry City’s first game of the season will be a friendly against Institute FC at the end of the month.

“We’ll be playing Institute in the annual Billy Kee memorial trophy on either January 24 or 23.

“It’ll give me a chance to look at the team and see what we need to work on. All of the work will be towards the first game in the Setanta Cup.”

Devine went on to say that he met with the Derry City youth managers and players on Friday night to talk about the possibility of a few players moving up into the senior team this season.

“I have already announced that Thomas McMonagle and James Henry will be joining the senior team this year but I met with other youth players and their managers on Friday to tell them that if they are good enough they will get their chance to shine.”