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.”