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Four Irish players who could be on the move this month

It has been a relatively quiet month in terms of transfers for Irish players thus far, but which players could still find themselves at a new club before the transfer window slams shut?

 

James McCarthy

Now that Morgan Schneiderlin’s move to Everton has been confirmed, James McCarthy may be the midfielder to suffer.

The Ireland midfielder has endured a frustrating campaign under new Toffees boss Ronald Koeman, and will now find himself behind Gareth Barry, Idrissa Gueye, and Schneirerlin in the battle for a starting berth in front of Everton’s back four.

The recent emergence of teenage midfielder Tom Davies could also be bad news for McCarthy.

Read more about the 26 year old’s predicament here.

Robbie Brady

Robbie Brady was extremely unfortunate that a Premier League move failed to materialize in the summer after his excellent performances at Euro 2016.

The Dubliner has been linked with a move to a host of Premier League clubs, and new Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce has openly expressed interest in the versatile Norwich man, and both Leicester and Sunderland have been linked with the 24 year old.

Recent reports claim that Sean Dyche’s Burnley have entered the race for Brady, and Championship clubs Aston Villa and Newcastle have also been credited with genuine interest.

Norwich are said to have placed a £12 million asking price on Brady.

Chris Forrester

Chris Forrester has gone from strength to strength since signing for Peterborough.

The former St. Patrick’s Athletic midfielder now captains the League One club, and Posh chairman Darragh MacAnthony, Forrester is the best midfielder in the division by some distance.

The 24 year old has been linked with a host of Championship clubs, and West Brom have reportedly sent scouts to watch the Irish playmaker.

Tony Pulis could conceivably turn to Forrester as a midfield option, after failing to convince Morgan Schneiderlin choose the Hawthorns over Goodison Park.

A move to the Championship should be the minimum aim for the former League of Ireland star.

Conor Hourihane

Like Chris Forrester, Conor Hourihane is an uncapped Irish midfielder enjoying an excellent season.

The 25 year old is out of contract in the summer, and Barnsley will reluctantly part with their captain for the right price this month.

The midfielder has been one of the Championships’ standout performers this campaign, and is now being linked with a move to Aston Villa. Steve Bruce’s side are reportedly willing to quadruple the Corkman’s wages, and other clubs are also expressing interest in the Barnsley skipper.

Barnsley currently sit three points ahead of Villa in the Championship table, but the Birmingham club are improving steadily under the guidance of Steve Bruce, and will expect to return to the Premier League sooner rather than later.

This article originally appeared on The Season Ticket.

 

David Smith

 

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