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Dundalk sign West Ham forward, St Pat's block Bolger's move to Motherwell

It’s been a busy day for League of Ireland transfers.

Maguire spent some of last season on loan at Sligo.
Maguire spent some of last season on loan at Sligo.
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Updated at 18.20pm

DUNDALK HAVE STRENGTHENED their squad further by signing Republic of Ireland U21 international Sean Maguire from West Ham United.

The 21-year-old forward moved to Upton Park from Waterford in 2013 but was unable to force his way into the first-team squad and spent loan spells at Sligo Rovers and then Accrington Stanley.

Maguire was released by the Hammers at the end of last season and moves to the SSE Airtricity League champions on a free transfer.

“I am really pleased just to get the deal done and dusted now,” he told the club’s website. “It’s great to get the deal over the line and I really am delighted to be here. I wanted to get things sorted quickly so I am just pleased that I managed that.

“I have played in both divisions in the league so I have experience of being here. I loved it at both Waterford United and Sligo Rovers so that helps me. I just can’t wait to get playing now.”

It’s one in, one out at Oriel Park with Jake Kelly moving to Bohemians after struggling to break into Stephen Kenny’s side this season.

Meanwhile, St Patrick’s Athletic have rejected a bid from Scottish Premier League side Motherwell for midfielder Greg Bolger, according to the player.

The 26-year-old’s future at Richmond Park has been uncertain throughout the transfer window with several clubs, including Cork City, rumoured to be interested in his services.

But Bolger will be remaining at St Pat’s for the remainder of the current SSE Airtricity League season after confirming the club had turned down an offer from Motherwell.

“Yes there was a bid on the table from Motherwell and the club rejected it which I wasn’t too happy about but that’s football and [I] have to move on,” he wrote on Facebook.

“‘I’m a St Pat’s player until the end of the year and will be doing my best to help the club finish as high as we can in the table and try [to] get back to the Aviva.”

Motherwell are managed by former Sligo boss Ian Baraclough.

Liam Buckley has added Derry defender Shane McEleney to his squad for the rest of the campaign.

The 24-year-old joins St Pat’s after coming through the youth ranks at the Brandywell.

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