Sligo Rovers full-back Seamus Coleman is hopeful of sealing his move to British football very shortly. The right-sided defender is reported as being close to a deal to join West Ham United, though it is believed that several other British clubs, including Everton, Championship sides Burnley, Ipswich Town and Birmingham City, as well as the Scottish Premier League's Celtic, are also keeping close tabs on the promising 20-year-old.
Known as an attacking right-back, the player has won four caps at Under-21 level for the Republic of Ireland, and one at Under-23 level. It is unclear as to what sort of fee Sligo might be able to command for the player, whom they snapped up from amateur outfit St Katherin's of Killybegs after he performed well in a friendly against the League of Ireland side.
Coleman himself was revealing nothing when speaking to Irish media earlier though, and was clearly trying to keep his feet on the ground as speculation mounted about his future.
"There's nothing really concrete at the minute," he told the Donegal Democrat.
"I know there's a few clubs talking to Sligo but nothing has come as far as me yet.
"Hopefully things will work out, as I've always said I'd like to play professionally, but if it happens, as I said before, then it happens."
Zack Wilson, Goal.com