Cork City teenager Mark O'Mahony has joined English Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion for an undisclosed fee.
O’Mahony joined the Leesiders at Under-15 level from Carrigaline United in 2019 and progressed through the three academy set-ups before moving into the first-team squad.
The 18-year-old attacker made 11 league appearances for City last season as they claimed the First Division title, as well as being named the FAI’s U-17 Men’s International Player of the Year for 2022.
O'Mahony, who has signed a two-and-a-half-year contract, said: "I got to know the club and the coaches well during my trial and I knew early on that I wanted to sign here.
"Brighton's academy is one of the best in the country, especially with the way young players are given an opportunity and a pathway.
"I spoke to a few of the Irish boys in the group about what the club is like and they all spoke really highly of what’s in place here, so it was an easy decision."
City manager Colin Healy said: "Mark has done really well for us since he joined the club, coming into the academy at a young age and he has played all the way up and into the first team last season.
"We know the ability that he has and he works really hard as well, so this is a reward for the work that has gone in.
"He is a very talented player and he has a really good attitude, so I am sure he will continue to do well. We all thank him for his contribution to the club and wish him the very best of luck in the future."
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Darren Randolph has left West Ham for Bournemouth, where he will provide competition for his compatriot Mark Travers and Neto.
Ex-St Patrick's Athletic stopper Joseph Anang is returning to the Hammers after a loan spell at Derby and that has proven to be the tipping point for Randolph, whose contract ended with the Londoners in six months' time.
He joins Bournemouth until the end of the season.
It's better news at the club for Ireland Under-21 captain Conor Coventry however; he's been given a 12-month contract extension. Coventry will now go on loan to Rotherham United, who sit 20th in the Championship.
Elsewhere, St Pat's have signed Dutch defender Noah Lewis, subject to international clearance.
The 6'4'' 22-year-old centre-back was most recently with Willem II.
He featured for the Saints in last weekend's friendly games against Galway United and Bohemians and has been training with the club for the last couple of weeks.
Pat's boss Tim Clancy said: "We are delighted to get Noah on board, he lot of very good attributes, he's tall, quick, strong and very good on the ball.
"We feel we can help him to develop and that he will be a big player for us this season. Coming to St Pat's is a good opportunity for him to develop and progress his career, he's had a few weeks with us already so he understands how we want to do things and we are looking forward to working with him."
Lewis is excited to get going, adding: "I've been training with the team for two weeks and played two friendly games last weekend and now I'm here and signed and excited to start.
"It's a nice group to be part of and I already feel a good connection with the players and the staff, there is a good atmosphere in the group and we are building to the season. I know Thijs Timmermans from our time in Holland so he has helped me to settle in and told me about the club and the league and our supporters."
Dundalk have announced the signing of former Brighton full-back Archie Davies.
The 24-year-old, who came through the Brighton academy and made just one senior appearance in a League Cup tie against Aston Villa in September 2019, arrives from Aldershot Town.
Following his Brighton exit, the right-back spent two seasons at League Two side Crawley Town, making more than 70 appearances before joining Vanarama National League side Aldershot Town last June.
"Things have moved really quickly over the past few days," he said.
"Yesterday, I was just chilling at home and late last night I was on my way to the airport. It's a good thing to get it done so quickly and I'm just looking forward to getting started properly now."
Anthony Gordon's absence from Everton continued into a third day but his hopes of trying to manufacture a move away from the Premier League club are complicated with no manager still in place.
Former Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa is understood to be owner Farhad Moshiri’s preferred option to replace Frank Lampard and the Argentinian flew into London on Thursday ahead of expected face-to-face talks.
There had been suggestions Moshiri had set a Friday deadline to appoint what would be the eighth permanent manager of his seven-year reign and Bielsa’s arrival in the country raised hopes a deal could still be done despite the 67-year-old’s apparent misgivings about the squad he would inherit.
The relegation-threatened club were also believed to be considering ex-Burnley boss Sean Dyche, while Davide Ancelotti has reportedly also been mentioned as an alternative, having spent 18 months as assistant to his father Carlo when he was in charge at Goodison.
But while the top job continues to remain unfilled, the 21-year-old Gordon’s chances of securing a move away from his boyhood club – with Newcastle heavily linked – were complicated further.
Both Newcastle and Chelsea made offers for Gordon in the summer but Everton were adamant the academy graduate was not for sale, although that resolve may now be weakening.
Only a month ago Gordon, whose current contract expires in 2025, was set to sign a new deal but things appearred to have soured since then with the player confronted by fans outside Goodison Park following the damaging loss to bottom side Southampton earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Liverpool teenager Stefan Bajcetic has been rewarded for his first-team breakthrough this season with a new contract.
The 18-year-old has made starts in the Premier League – also scoring his first goal – FA and Carabao Cups and also made his Champions League debut in 10 appearances.
Bajcetic, who admits his rapid rise from under-18s football last season to first-team squad has surprised even him, has agreed a new four-year deal.
Manager Jurgen Klopp praised Bajcetic's progress this season, saying: "There was a door – I’m not even sure it was open – but he ran through it and he was really exceptional."
The new contract for the Spaniard, who joined in December 2020 from Celta Vigo for £220,000, reflects the club’s policy of acquiring and retaining the best available young talent with nine of the last 10 permanent signings aged 25 or under.
"A year ago I was playing under-18s football and now I’ve started some games, made my debut and even scored a goal – that was something I never expected to happen this year," Bajcetic told liverpoolfc.com
"It’s amazing to see how fast it went. But I keep working hard and hopefully (there are) more things to come."