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Derry City striker flies to Sweden to agree personal terms as exit nears

Ronan Curtis flew to Sweden today to finalise a move to Ostersunds FK, who play in the top tier of Swedish football.

Curtis has scored six goals in the Premier Division this season.
Curtis has scored six goals in the Premier Division this season.
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DERRY CITY STRIKER Ronan Curtis is on the brink of completing a move to Swedish side Ostersunds FK, with terms already agreed between the two clubs.

The player is travelling to Sweden today to finalise a move believed to be in the region of €150,000.

The 21-year-old has scored six goals in 23 appearances for the Candystripes in 2017 and flew out today to finalise personal terms which would take him to the Allsvenskan — the top tier of Swedish football.

Ostersunds are currently seventh in the table after 18 games and are managed by former Stoke City and West Brom defender Graham Potter.

The club’s chairman Daniel Kindberg said he was hopeful a deal would be completed by tomorrow, with the Swedish transfer window closing on Friday.

He told the Derry Journal: “I would really hope that all the parts of the deal would have a mutual agreement by tomorrow so we can arrange everything as early as we need.

“So things have to move very fast tonight. Our window closes on Friday and we have had intense discussions with Derry and of course with Curtis.

“There is a common interest in sorting this out and we are in a good path for him to come over. But in the end, the last decision is always the player’s.

“We have had very constructive talks, so we are positive.

“We are waiting tonight to get the last things in place, but we feel we are close to getting a positive agreement.”

It is believed the player impressed the club during Derry’s Europa League qualification tie with FC Midtjylland, which they lost 10-2 on aggregate.

Derry have sold a number of key players in recent seasons, including James McClean to Sunderland in 2011, Daniel Lafferty to Burnley a year later and most recently Michael Duffy to Celtic in 2015.

Kenny Shiels’ side are currently third in the Premier Division and are on course to qualify for European competition for a second successive season.

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