Keane closes in on two signings

ROY Keane is closing in on two more new signings.

Derek Davis

ROY Keane is closing in on two more new signings.

The Blues boss is today due to hold further talks with Cork City midfielder Colin Healy, while former West Brom defender Carl Hoefkens has also been targeted.

Contact has already been made with 30-year-old Belgian international Hoefkens, who was Stoke City's player of the year in 2007 before joining West Brom two years ago and helping them to promotion, but any deal for him appears to be on the back burner right now.


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Healy though could sign this week after a meeting with Keane. A fee, understood to be around �50,000, has already been agreed in principle with Cork City who face a winding up order in the High Court on Monday, with personal terms and a medical left to be finalised.

The Town boss is a long time admirer of the 28-year-old former Sunderland and Celtic star who was due to sign for Hartlepool on Sunday.

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Healy missed City's 2-0 win over Town on Sunday due to his proposed move to Hartlepool, who signed he Cork team-mate Denis Behan.

Keane played down his interest in Healy after that game but added: “I know Colin's strengths and weaknesses. I wish him well because he I do think he is a good player.

“I have to try and wheel and deal at my own end.”

Healy came close to joining Town three years ago when Jim Magilton handed him a trial and 45 minutes in a pre-season friendly at Boston United.

But no deal was forthcoming and Healy instead went to Barnsley before returning to his native Cork in the summer of 2007 where he signed a two year deal, helping them to win the League Of Ireland title and Setanta Cup.

Healy started his career as a youth player at Wilton United, where Town new signing Shane O'Conner also played and would be third lad from Keane's home town of Cork to sign, with Damien Delaney arriving in a �700,000 deal from QPR.

Healy won a drawer full of cups and medals with Celtic and then spent a loan spell at Coventry City before moving to Sunderland in 2003.

Injuries, including a couple of broken legs, hampered his Stadium of Light career and he ended up at Livingston where he stayed for a season.

Ironically enough Healy almost replaced Keane in the Republic of Ireland World Cup squad in 2002 after his dramatic departure from Saipan.

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