Manager confirms Lenihan exit as Arsenal, United and Everton circle

Seamus Coleman playing for Republic of Ireland

Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton, Tottenham Hotspur, Hull City, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are all keen on Brian Lenihan of Cork City.

One of the best buys in recent Premier League seasons would have to be that of Seamus Coleman by Everton. The Irishman arrived from Sligo Rovers a versatile talent at the measly fee of £60k and has now developed into one of the Premier League's best right-backs.

This summer a battle is raging for the signature of a player who could forge a similar story.

Brian Lenihan is currently with Cork City and is a versatile player, who can feature in midfield, central defence or at right-back.

He has recently come into top form for The Leesiders and is now being watched by a heap of Premier League and Championship clubs - including big guns such as Arsenal and Manchester United.

Today it was confirmed by Cork manager John Caulfield that Lenihan would be leaving the club in the coming weeks:

"Everyone knows who has watched him. Arsenal have watched him, Hull have. We’ve realised that Manchester United have watched him, Tottenham, Everton and Villa have watched him. They’ve all had direct club employees to look at him

"The official situation is that we received two bids and both have been rejected. One of the clubs has come back to us and we’re in negotiations with them but there's still quite a bit of work to do. There's a lot of talking to be done. Do I think that he’ll be gone across channel in the next couple of weeks? I believe that he will, and we have to make sure that we get the proper deal and Brian does too..."

Lenihan was reportedly the subject of a failed £130k bid from Crystal Palace and Hull are believed to be the team who have made two bids for his services.

Meanwhile Bournemouth, Celtic and Huddersfield are also said to be keen.

Considering the way Coleman has developed these interested teams are right to be tempted by 20-year-old Lenihan's precocious talent. Now it is just a case of who signs him.

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