Imps Transfer Target ‘Has Medical’ Ahead of Move

It’s being reported in the Irish Press that transfer target Danny Mandroiu has had a medical with the club, and is expected to be announced early this week.

The 42 are reporting that the deal has been confirmed as happening by Shamrock Rovers manager Stephen Bradley, with the fee set as a ‘low five-figure’ sum as part of the players’ contract. It’s suggested he has played his last game for Shamrock, a huge blow as they prepare to face Hibernians of Malta in the Champions League First Qualifying Round this week. There is a small caveat; he arrives at the club nursing a minor ankle injury that would have kept him out of action for Shamrock for a couple of weeks.

“He’s done his medical and everything and they’re just discussing the other stuff,” said Bradley. “Like I said, he would have been out for a few weeks for us if he had been staying.”

Bradley, the head coach linked with the Imps job before we appointed Mark Kennedy, admitted he is gutted to see his star man leave. Mandroiu has previously been linked with Celtic, and he’s got seven goals in 18 League of Ireland outings this season. Bradley admitted the move has been in the pipeline for a couple of months, before adding the player had been brilliant for Shamrock.

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“He’s been brilliant for us. I don’t want to see him go, obviously, but his contract is up at the end of the year. He’s been brilliant for us. He came in and you hear all these stories that he’s this or he’s that, but he has been fantastic for us both on and off the pitch. I couldn’t speak highly enough of him. He was brilliant to work with and we wish him the very best because he has got great ability. And I hope he shows it. He’s top class.”

“I couldn’t say a bad word about Danny. He’s been brilliant to deal with, it’s just one of those things. He wants to challenge himself somewhere else and, yeah, we just thank him for what he’s done and wish him the best.”

Mandroiu began his career as a youth in Dublin, before a move to Brighton. He spent three years at Brighton in the same setup as Max Sanders; the pair played together twice in the EFL Trophy. He wasn’t offered a deal by Brighton and returned to Ireland with Bohemians, before being snapped up by Shamrock, for a fee eventually set at €20,000 (£17,000). He’s been capped by Ireland at Under 16, Under 19 and Under 21 level, as well as being called up to Stephen Kenny’s full squad, featuring as an unused substitute against Austria and Andorra.