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Thompson set for Stockport move

Linfield's leading goalscorer Peter Thompson
Linfield's leading goalscorer Peter Thompson has seven NI caps

Linfield manager David Jeffrey has said he is resigned to losing top scorer Peter Thompson to Stockport County.

The League One club have made an offer for the 24-year-old Northern Ireland international striker.

If the deal is finalised before Wednesday night Thompson will not play for Linfield in the Champions League qualifier against Dinamo Zagreb.

"It would not be morally right to even think about standing in Peter's way," said manager Jeffrey.

"He has served us fantastically well and was the first to turn full-time.

"He made a career decision then and wants to play at the highest level he possibly can and he is in the final year of his contract with us.

"It will leave us with a massive hole to try to fill but he goes with our blessing and the club wants to facilitate a smooth passage for him.

"We are still talking to Stockport but things have moved on quickly and I am not sure he will get the chance to play one last game for us on Wednesday."

Thompson, who has seven international caps, had previously been linked a possible move to Kilmarnock while Norwich City, Hibs and Motherwell were also reported to be interested.

It is believed Stockport have offered around 100,000 plus add-ons for Thompson.

Representatives from a number of clubs were expected to watch Thompson in Wednesday night's match with Dinamo Zagreb at Windsor Park.

Thompson netted 44 times last season to help Linfield claim a third successive league and cup double.

Jeffrey praised Stockport for the way they had handled the negotiations.

"They have been professional about it and the fact that their manager and chief executive broke off from a pre-season training trip in Italy to come to Belfast shows their desire for Peter," he added.

"Stockport have made a verbal offer which is to be followed up in writing and it will then be considered by Linfield on Wednesday."

see also
NI boss keen to see Thompson move
08 Jul 08 |  Internationals
Jefferies rubbishes striker 'bid'
07 Jul 08 |  Kilmarnock

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