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12 Irish footballers being linked with moves away from their clubs this summer

Darren Randolph and others who could be set for a new challenge in the coming season.

N.B. Since this article was written, John Egan’s move to Brentford has been confirmed.

1. Jeff Hendrick

Republic of Ireland v Belgium - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group E - Stade de Bordeaux Source: Martin Rickett

The Derby midfielder was arguably Ireland’s best player at the Euros, and has recently been linked with moves to Hull, Galatasaray, Everton and Crystal Palace among others.

2. Robbie Brady

Italy v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group E - Stade Pierre Mauroy Source: Frank Augstein

Despite being relegated from the Premier League two seasons in a row with Hull and Norwich respectively, reigning Premier League champions Leicester are reportedly close to sealing a deal for Brady, who was one of Ireland’s most impressive performers at the Euros.

3. John Egan

Soccer - Sky Bet League One - Gillingham v Chesterfield - Priestfield Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

The centre-back, named in the League One Team of the Year last season, is out of contract at Gillingham, and is reportedly on the verge of joining Championship side Brentford.

4. Aiden McGeady

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Everton v Sunderland - Goodison Park Source: Barrington Coombs

It seems unlikely that Ronald Koeman will offer Aiden McGeady a second chance at Everton, after the winger failed to impress during a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship last season, so it seems safe to assume the 30-year-old Glaswegian will be on the lookout for a new club in the coming weeks, with Leeds and Celtic among the teams continually linked with the Ireland international.

5. Shane Long

Republic of Ireland v Sweden - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group E - Stade de France Source: John Walton

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was pictured beside Long’s agent, Pat Dolan, during a recent Ireland-Holland friendly, while the Times report that the Tipperary native could also link back up with former Saints boss Ronald Koeman at Everton.

6. Darren Randolph

Italy v Republic of Ireland - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group E - Stade Pierre Mauroy Source: Chris Radburn

According to reports, £3 million-rated Randolph will leave West Ham this summer in search of first-team football, on the back of some impressive performances with Ireland at Euro 2016.

7. Alan Judge

Brentford v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Sky Bet Championship - Griffin Park Source: EMPICS Sport

Judge was continually linked with a Premier League move last season, with Burnley one of the sides believed to be interested, while he was nominated for Championship Player of the Year, though talk of a move has quietened since he suffered a double leg break towards the end of the 2015-16 campaign. The player’s contract is set to expire in 2017, and coach Dean Smith recently told reporters: “I don’t believe there’s been contract talks as yet but Alan knows how much the club think of him.”

8. Keiren Westwood

Sheffield Wednesday v Charlton Athletic - Sky Bet Championship - Hillsborough Source: Richard Sellers

After a series of impressive displays last season, Sheffield Wednesday stopper Westwood was understood to have caught the eye of a number of Premier League clubs, including Everton, Middlesbrough, West Brom and Hull City.

9. Brian Lenihan

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers - Bloomfield Road Source: EMPICS Sport

The Hull Daily Mail report that a loan move to the Championship or League One is the most likely destination for the 22-year-old Cork native in the coming season, after he made just one appearance for the Tigers in the last campaign.

10. Seamus Coleman

Soccer Euro 2016 Belgium Ireland Source: Hassan Ammar

The right-back and recently appointed Ireland captain seems stuck in a rut at Everton and so a move could be just what the Donegal native needs. Back in April, according to a report in the Sunday Times, the 27-year-old was under consideration as a long-term replacement for Philip Lahm at Bayern Munich, though incoming Toffees boss Ronald Koeman will likely be keen to keep hold of the talented Irishman.

11. Shane Duffy

Blackburn Rovers v Fulham - Sky Bet Championship - Ewood Park Source: EMPICS Sport

Duffy was linked with a move to Crystal Palace last season, while Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic were said to be considering a £2 million move in recent days, and some encouraging moments with Ireland at Euro 2016 can’t have done the Derry native’s chances any harm of earning a move to a new club.

12. Jon Walters

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Chelsea v Stoke City - Stamford Bridge Source: Adam Davy

The Stoke forward came close to leaving Mark Hughes’ side in the last transfer window and newly promoted Middlesbrough are now believed to be contemplating a move for the 32-year-old attacker.

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