Dundalk FC remain hopeful of securing a deal to sign Scottish midfielder Sam Stanton despite interest in him in his homeland.

The Argus exclusively revealed last week that the former Hibernian player was a target for the Lilywhites following his recent release from Phoenix Rising FC in American where he won the Western Conference last year and reached the USL Championship Final, which was cancelled due to Covid-19.

Talks with the 26-year-old former U-21 international have been ongoing in recent days with sources suggesting that a deal could still happen despite strong interest from Scottish Premiership outfit Ross County.

The article as it appeared in The Argus on February 19th 2021

Boss Filippo Giovagnoli has made no secret of the fact that midfield is now his top priority with the need to strengthen in this position heightened by Jordan Flores’ departure for Hull City last week.

A Lithuanian midfielder is also understood to be on the club’s radar but Stanton remains the number one target for now.

A deal for South Korean winger Han Eui-Kwon is also said to be progressing with the 26-year-old expected to shortly wrap up a deal to join Dundalk following his release from Suwon Samsung Bluewings. Young American goalkeeper Alex Rando is also expected to complete his move shortly too with the club remaining in the market for another keeper to provide competition to the recently signed Alessio Abibi.

It is also understood that the club would be interested in bringing Richie Towell back to Oriel Park if the price was right.

The midfielder scored an impressive 54 goals in 126 appearances for the club between 2013 and 2015 before departing for Brighton and Hove Albion. Currently on the books of League Two side Salford City, the 29-year-old will be out of contact in the summer with suggestions that he is eyeing a move home after five-and-a-half years in England.

Currently out injured, it is unlikely that Richie Wellens’ side would contemplate Towell’s departure now despite him having played just 22 minutes since scoring in the 2-2 draw against Tranmere Rovers in October.

As well as Dundalk, Shamrock Rovers are also keeping an eye on the former PFAI Player of the Year’s situation but there are fears his demands could price himself out of a move back to the club where he earned cult status in the number 17 shirt for three seasons under Stephen Kenny.

Meanwhile, it is understood that chief operating officer Martin Connolly has parted company with Dundalk FC after being put on gardening leave by the club in December. A statement on the matter is expected from the club when the ins and outs of his exit are finalised.