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League of Ireland top scorer open to summer move to Celtic

Read Sport logo Read Sport 19/05/2017 Michael Oliver

Accrington Stanley v Northampton Town - Sky Bet League Two © Pete Norton/Getty Images Sport Accrington Stanley v Northampton Town - Sky Bet League Two Cork City star Sean Maguire will be open to a summer switch to Celtic should the opportunity arise, according to the Times.

The striker is not a well-known name in football circles but has started to attract Celtic’s interest following his goal-scoring exploits in the League of Ireland.

Maguire impressed in the youth ranks at West Ham and spent time on loan with Sligo Rovers and Accrington Stanley before a decision was made to release the striker at the end of the 2014/15 season.

The Ireland U21 international returned with Ireland with Dundalk before leaving to join Cork City on a free transfer in January 2016 where he has really hit his stride.

Last season, Maguire netted 18 goals in 30 appearances in the League of Ireland and already has 14 in 19 appearances across all competitions this term, making him the top scorer in the division over the last two campaigns.

It’s understood that the Hammers are keeping tabs on his progress and are weighing up a move to re-sign the striker in the summer, but face competition from Celtic and Preston North End for the 22-year-old.

There is a release clause in Maguire’s contract that allows him to leave if an offer of £150,000 comes in for him, but his current deal is due to expire at the end of the current League of Ireland season and will become a free agent in the winter.

Sean’s father, Paddy, is a boyhood Celtic fan and there’s always been a strong affinity between Irish players and Celtic which could see the Bhoys win the race for his signature.

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