Byline: MARK McINTOSH/ALEX McGREEVY
BAKER WINGS IN FOR GLENAVON
GLENAVON are set to clinch their first signing since the transfer window opened with a shock swoop for Shelbourne winger Dessie Baker.
Baker was thought to be on his way to Mid-Ulster rivals Portadown after Shels failed to win the eircom League but Colin Malone was quick to tie up a deal.
Linfield have also been sniffing, but due to financial restrictions in place at Windsor Park they were never in the running to secure his services.
Baker is a highly talented player and has been watched by several Irish League clubs in the past three years.
Portadown thought they were the favourites to land him but now Glenavon have come up with the goods and will make him their first major signing since the summer.
They were thought to be adding Baker's team-mate Tony Sheridan to their squad but, after Baker's arrival, that transfer now seems dead.
Meanwhile, former Northern Ireland international George O'Boyle will quit local football at the end of the season.
The Glenavon striker was a major signing in the summer but AET understands that he has decided to hang up his boots.
COLERAINE and Lisburn Distillery are set to lead the chase to sign Linfield midfielder Russell Kelly. Kelly was made available to clubs during the week as the start of a massive clearout at the Blues.
The former Raith Rovers man will be much sought after but hometown club Coleraine are the favourites to secure his signature. Bannsiders boss Marty Quinn is a long time admirer of Kelly but any deal is unlikely to happen unless he can shift some fringe players from his first team squad.
Lisburn Distillery could also be interested in signing Kelly.
Darren's face still Fitz
GLENTORAN striker Darren Fitzgerald will not be leaving the Oval until at least the end of the season.
Manager Roy Coyle has always stated that no one would be heading for the exit door during the transfer window but after Shea Campbell decided to stay with Ballymena, Fitzgerald will definitely be staying. …