Rafa Benitez Wants To Sign This Irish Winger Next Month

Daryl Horgan plays for Dundalk in the League of Ireland Premier Division and he has impressed during Dundalk’s Europa League run and it seems that Newcastle’s Rafa Benitez is keen on signing the player.

The Mail is reporting that Rafa Benitez has had Newcastle scouts watch the 24 year-old winger and it seems they have been impressed with what they have seen.

Horgan’s contract with Dundalk runs out in early December so it looks like he could be acquired in a very good deal for Newcastle.


Daryl Horgan – 24 year-old winger

The PFAI Player of the Year has been included in the Republic of Ireland provisional squad for next week’s World Cup qualifier against Austria, although he is yet to represent Ireland at the senior level having played only once for the Ireland U-21 side.

Newcastle scouts were watching the 5ft 7ins winger play against Zenit St Petersburg last month when Horgan scored a superb goal in Russia.

Manchester City are also said to be watching the player and they want to sign him for Melbourne City, which is their sister club and play in the A-League in Australia.

Horgan started his career with Salthill Devon back in 2010 and moved to Sligo Rovers the next year before going on loan to Cork City.

He joined Cork on a permanent basis in 2012 and stayed for a couple of years before joining Dundalk in December of 2014 on a two year deal.

He appeared in all six of Dundalk’s UEFA Champions League qualifying games in 2016 as they became the first ever Irish side to reach the play-off round.

Horgan is considered the best player in Ireland at the moment, although he would still be a surprise signing for Newcastle, but it appears that Rafa Benitez is very keen on the player.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • lesh

    Nov 5, 2016 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #1

    If the lad’s any good or shows the potential, we should get him signed up smartish – before Citeh or some other ‘sign-anybody that shows potential to play in the reserves (or Oz, Belgium etc)’ signs him.

    If he has the talent and potential, he’s surely worth a punt, especially as Goofy may be off soon.

  • magicmac

    Nov 5, 2016 at 8:10 AM

    Comment #2

    I really hope this story is true as Darl Horgan is a fantastic player, in fact i would say he was the best player in Ireland in the last 10 to 15 years, in fact ive been saying to my brothers only just this week, that iam amazed he is still playing in the league of Ireland, he is such a great talent, so as an Irishman, and a life long Newcastle Fan, i really hope Newcastle are interested in Darl Horgan. HWTL.

  • Toonboy

    Nov 5, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #3

    Thought that was Damian Duff at first glance

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #4

    Magicman, didn’t know u were Irish and toon. Howay the lad!

  • magicmac

    Nov 5, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #5

    Hi Munster Mag, yes iam Irish, i come from Portadown, County Armagh, iam 62 now, and have supported the toon from i was 7 years old, i see we are watching Daryl Horgan, i hopw we sign him, he has been fantastic for Dundalk the last few years, and has been playing great stuff for Dundalk in the champions league, and lately in the Europa cup, he would be a great player to bring to the town munster dont you think? Heading out to work now. HWTL.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 5, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #6

    Good man magic. I have supported from about same age, still in 40s!


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