FLEETWOOD Town manager Micky Mellon has confirmed he will speak to record-breaking striker David Healy about a move to Highbury.
But any proposed deal is a very long way from completion.
Town are seriously interested in the striker, who has become a legend in Northern Ireland soccer.
He is the all-time leading scorer for his country, and boasts the record for the highest number of goals scored during a European Championship qualifying campaign.
Such goal-scoring exploits earned him an MBE.
The move for such a high-profile player, currently with Rangers, underlines Town’s serious intent to establish themselves in their first, historic season in the Football League.
Mellon said: “If a player like David Healy becomes available, then I would have to be interested in him – he is somebody I know personally.
“He is playing for Northern Ireland this weekend against Holland and I plan to speak to him after that.
“There are bound to be other clubs interested in him.”
Mellon added: “His contract with Rangers is coming to an end, and I believe that he wants to come back south again, but he is a long way from signing for us.”
Healy, 33, started life with Manchester United, and in a varied career he has also played for Preston, Norwich, Leeds, Fulham, Sunderland and, until now, Rangers.
But it is on the international stage that he has made his biggest impact.
Crawley Town are also interested in Healy.
Mellon is busy with transfer dealings and terms have been agreed with three more players, though nothing can be finalised for a few days at the earliest.
Striker Gareth Seddon, recently released by Fleetwood, is interesting a number of clubs, including ambitious Chester City.
FLEETWOOD Town’s Junior Brown has been named in an 18-man England C squad for the International Challenge Trophy Group A fixture against Russia on Tuesday, writes David Mitchell.
The match will be played in the Khimky Arena, the stadium of the legendary Moscow Dynamo, Russia’s oldest football club and former home of many Russian greats including legendary goalkeeper, Lev Yashin.
Brown, who made his England debut against Italy at Highbury last season, is eagerly looking forward to the trip.
He said: “It will be good to wear the colours again.
“I thought I did quite well when I picked up my cap on my debut.
“To play in Russia is a wonderful opportunity, and I am excited about the trip.
“It will be a great experience on and off the pitch.
“The lads have had some sessions together and a game against England Universities.
“It’s going to be a quite different experience for me and I know I’ll be part of something special.”
The game is likely to prove a stern test for Paul Fairclough’s team, and will give Brown a chance to stake an early claim for a place in manager Micky Mellon’s plans as Town embark on their first season in the npower League Two.
Brown said: “This is a chance to prove myself on a big stage.
“I hope I can make the most of it.
“Then there’ll be some holiday time before I start pre-season training with the lads.”