Richardson: we’ve had no ‘definite offer’ for O’Donovan

DAMIEN RICHARDSON reckons Roy O’Donovan could be snapped up any day as activity in the cross-channel transfer window escalates — but the Cork City boss says there has been no definite offer from a Championship, Scottish Premier or League One side.

Hull City have reportedly made a €600,000 offer for the former Republic of Ireland under 21 forward, while Scottish Premier League side, Hibernian, and Nottingham Forest are the latest to show interest in the red-hot Cork striker.

However, Richardson told the Irish Examiner last evening that no “definite offer” has been made for the services of O’Donovan who has fired 19 goals (12 league) for the Leesiders so far this season.

“I’ve heard of the Forest offer but I haven’t got any further information,” said Richardson.

“As far as I’m aware, Nottingham Forest haven’t made any definite offer.

“We’re used to speculation concerning Roy. Now that we’re in the month of July, it wouldn’t surprise anybody if somebody did come in and make a definite offer.

“I’ve tried to resist dealing in speculation – the first thing to come in is an offer and it has to be reasonably good.

“The agreement I have with Roy is that as soon as there’s a definite offer, he’ll be the first one to know, and then it’s only fair that the players and the supporters are the next people to know.

“The speculation is hard for Roy to take because he would like everything sorted out. But until we have something definite, we can’t really do anything.”

Richardson believes that O’Donovan has what it takes to be a success cross-channel and says the 22-year-old will wear the green of Ireland at senior level.

“He has what it takes to be a great success in the game and the most important part of his game is his mental strength — he’s a very strong-minded individual.

“I think he has the ability to play for the Republic of Ireland one day.”

O’Donovan will lead the Cork City attack tonight as the Leesiders return to domestic action with a “must win” game against Waterford United in the eircom Premier League. It’s the beginning of a hectic six days with fixtures against second-placed St Pat’s on Friday followed two days later by a visit of league leaders Drogheda to Turner’s Cross.

Feeling let down by his side’s performance in Stockholm last weekend, Richardson didn’t mince his words in the aftermath.

Richardson threatened to walk away if his players didn’t bounce back in positive style after last weekend’s disappointing 2-1 European Intertoto Cup aggregate exit to Hammarby.

City lie in fifth position in the league having played two less games than leaders Drogheda United, who lie 11 points ahead of the Leesiders.

Cork are forced to line out tonight without Joe Gamble who serves a one match suspension for earning four yellow cards. Liam Kearney trained yesterday though the winger’s hamstring is still very sore. Darragh Ryan returns to the squad after Billy Woods got a kick in the calf on Saturday.

“Mick Devine twisted his groin against the Swedes but should be okay.

“I’m convinced of the quality of the team and the individuals within the team and I’ve also got great faith in their character and their desire. If we maximise our potential we certainly can be a serious contender for the league title despite the fact we are 11 points behind.

“I’ve asked the players to ensure that there is no slip up against Waterford and that we produce a performance level that’s in keeping with our own tradition.”

Meanwhile the eircom League of Ireland Premier Division fixture between Cork City and Drogheda United will take place on Sunday, July 22 at Turner’s Cross with a 3pm kick-off.

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