Lawlor defends Donnelly U-Turn

The teenage striker is set to leave the Northern Irish club in

January, with Swansea, Everton and Liverpool all confirmed

admirers. The Swans were first to make their move with a bid worth

around £100,000, which was accepted by Cliftonville. Swansea

boss Brendan Rodgers, who has personally scouted the striker and

had him shown round the club’s training ground, spoke of his

frustration after formal interest from Everton apparently upped the

asking price, but Lawlor believes he is simply doing his job.

Lawlor said: “Everton’s bid is considerably higher than Swansea’s.

There is a major difference in the bids. They are miles apart. “My

job is to do the best thing for Cliftonville.” Rodgers had earlier

said: “I find it sad and disappointing that we had an agreement and

now we don’t, morally you would think that would stand but we will

find out over the next few days.” Meanwhile, Cliftonville boss

Tommy Breslin believes Rodgers could yet get his man, explaining

that Swansea’s personal touch could yet prove significant. Breslin

said: “Rory said that he was impressed by Swansea and by what

Brendan Rodgers had to say. “He said the facilities were good and

that there was a great team spirit with no egos. The Northern Irish

link with Brendan probably helped too. “We expect the deal to be

completed. We’ve got a fixture on Boxing Day and I’m planning for

it without Rory.”