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City to move quickly on transfer targets

Cork City manager Tommy Dunne hopes to make his big signings for 2013 this side of Christmas.

CORK CITY MANAGER Tommy Dunne will waste no time in moving on his top transfer targets as he looks to improve on the Rebels’ mid-table finish.

The dust has hardly settled on the 2012 campaign but Dunne has already opened talks with the men on his wish-list for next season and hopes to hammer out deals to bring them to Leeside within the next few weeks.

Cork finished sixth in their first year back in the top flight, securing qualification for next season’s Setanta Sports Cup, and Dunne accepts that he will need to strengthen if they are to improve their league position again.

“This is an important time of the year as we look to put our squad for next season together,” he told

“There are players who we are interested in who will also be attracting attention from other clubs, so it is important for us to speak to them at this point.

“From this week, and for the next couple of weeks, we will be speaking to the players who are out of contract within the club, and also a number of potential signings that we have identified from outside.”

Dunne added: “Our aim for next season is to improve on the position we finished in this year. Some of the clubs we will be competing against will have bigger budgets than us, some will have smaller budgets.

“This club, with the history and tradition we have; we want to be higher up the table, chasing at least a top four or five finish, and hopefully a European spot.”

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