Lincoln chasing Derry's McClean

23 November 2009 09:59
Lincoln City are to continue attempts to sign Derry City's Northern Ireland Under-21 international James McClean.The League Two club's boss Chris Sutton wanted to sign McClean in time for Saturday's game against Grimsby Town. [LNB]However, there are reports that the Football Association of Ireland have ruled that McClean cannot move until the transfer window opens in January. [LNB]Like all other Derry players, McClean has not been paid for over 10 weeks because of the club's financial crisis. [LNB]Derry City's League of Ireland place was terminated earlier this month after the club was found to have held secondary, unofficial contracts with players. [LNB]Irish-based football agent Gerry Carlile has called for "common sense to prevail" in McClean's case. [LNB]"Some of the Derry City players haven't been paid in 11 weeks and they have been told that they are free agents," he said. [LNB]"But I have been told that they can't sign for another club until the transfer window opens. [LNB]"I understand that there are rules but surely this is a special case. [LNB]"Lincoln have told me that the FA will be in touch with Fifa to try to sort the situation out. [LNB]"That is another six weeks that the players will be denied the opportunity to earn a living. [LNB]Sutton has acknowledged that he is "keen to get James signed". [LNB]"There is only one loser here and that is the player," added Sutton.

Source: BBC_Sport