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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 October 2005, 18:42 GMT 19:42 UK
Striker Thompson centre stage
Linfield's Peter Thompson
Linfield's Peter Thompson has scored 10 goals in three matches
Speculation about a possible cross-channel move for Linfield striker Peter Thompson will increase after his latest headline-grabbing exploits.

The 21-year-old from east Belfast has scored a remarkable 10 goals in the Blues' last three matches and already has 14 for the season.

The Irish League's rumour mill has linked Thompson with a possible move to Scottish Premier club Aberdeen.

And officials from the SPL outfit have been to Belfast to watch him play.

The Dons might be advised to move smartly.

If Thompson keeps on scoring at his current rate, a move to Scotland or England is surely on the cards if Linfield get the right offer.

But Blues boss David Jeffrey is anxious not to let the media stories unsettle his red-hot frontman.

"I have seen it in the past, where players lose form when the papers write stories about possible cross-channel moves," said Jeffrey.

Linfield's Peter Thompson
Peter Thompson celebrates another hat-trick for Linfield

"We want to make sure that does not happen with Peter but the good thing is he is such a level-headed down-to-earth young man. All this will not faze him.

"If he gets a good move, we will all wish him well. But I have told him that if he does not, he can be a legend at Windsor Park for the next 10 years."

Thompson himself is happy just to keep on scoring.

"The stories are not a distraction. There has been talk for a while but I will not let it worry me. There has never been a direct approach to me or Linfield," said Thompson who joined Linfield as a 17-year-old after being spotted playing for St Andrew's Boys.

"If the right offer came along for me and the club it would have to be considered. But until that happens I will just keep giving 100% for the club."

Along with the transfer speculation, Thompson is being talked about in terms of an international call-up from Lawrie Sanchez.

He was invited to take part in Northern Ireland training ahead of the World Cup game against Wales but could not get off work.

"It is everyone's ambtion to represent their country but I am under no illusions that is it difficult when you are playing Irish League football. It is a big step up," he said.




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