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25 Irish players that could be looking for a move during the summer window

It’s Jim White’s favourite time of year.

Hoolahan has been with Norwich since 2008.
Hoolahan has been with Norwich since 2008.
Image: David Davies

We’ve focused on the players who have a reasonable chance of featuring for Ireland during the World Cup Qualification campaign.

Goalkeepers:

Darren Randolph (West Ham)

RATED HIGHLY BY the management and fans at West Ham, Randolph will have a tough decision if he has any offers this summer.

The Bray man’s six starts in the Premier League last season were due to West Ham’s first-choice goalkeeper Adrian picking up a suspension, following a red card against Leicester at the start of the season, and after the Spaniard sustained a calf injury against West Brom in the run-in.

Randolph did start all of the Hammers’ FA Cup matches and could be in line to start their Europa League games, but whether that’s enough for the former Birmingham City goalkeeper to stay with Slaven Bilic’s side remains to be seen.

West Ham United v Swansea City - Barclays Premier League - Upton Park Source: PA Wire/Press Association Images

Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)

The 31-year-old enjoyed another successful season with the Owls, and may well be tempted to stay in the Championship next season where he is regarded as one of the division’s best goalkeepers.

There have been rumours that Premier League new boys Hull City are monitoring Westwood’s situation at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton and Hove Albion - Sky Bet Championship - Play Off - First Leg - Hillsborough Source: David Davies

David Forde (Millwall)

The 36-year-old may well have played his last game for Ireland, but having been a latecomer to the international scene, he is unlikely to turn down a call from O’Neill if he is required by the national team.

Losing his place in the Millwall starting line-up ultimately proved decisive in the Galway man not travelling to France, having not played in League One since January.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Millwall v Brighton and Hove Albion - The Den Source: EMPICS Sport

Ian Lawlor (Manchester City)

The Ireland U21 goalkeeper will be looking for another move to a Football League club, after enjoying mixed spells on-loan at Barnet and Bury last season.

Lawlor, who turns 22 in October, has made only 17 league appearances so far in his career, and will be looking to gain further experience with more first-team football next season.

Soccer - U21 Barclays Premier League - Manchester City v Everton - Etihad Stadium Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Defenders:

Cyrus Christie (Derby County)

Failed to feature for Ireland in Euro 2016, but is considered one of Ireland’s most exciting talents.

The 23-year-old has already raked up 165 league starts in his career and may see a move to the Premier League as the natural progression, but with Nigel Pearson installed as Derby’s new manager, the former Coventry City trainee may consider staying one more season at the iPro Stadium.

Derby County v Reading - Sky Bet Championship - iPro Stadium Source: Nigel French

Shane Duffy (Blackburn Rovers)

The Derry man looks to have a big future ahead of him, and has all the attributes required to make it to the top of the game. Duffy is enjoying the most successful stint of his career to the date at Ewood Park, after mixed spells on loan at other Football League sides.

Crystal Palace have been linked with the 24-year-old, where he could potential succeed Damien Delaney in the heart of the Palace defence.

Blackburn Rovers v Reading - Sky Bet Championship - Ewood Park Source: Richard Sellers

John Egan (Gillingham)

The 23-year-old was named in the League One Team of the Year at the end of last season as Gillingham just missed out on the play-offs.

Egan has a very similar stature and style to Duffy, and a move to a Championship club will further enhance his international credentials.

PFA Player of the Year Awards 2016 - Grosvenor House Hotel Source: EMPICS Sport

Alex Pearce (Derby County)

The former Scotland underage international’s free transfer from Reading to Derby last season simply hasn’t worked for either party, as Pearce failed to make a single league appearance for the Rams.

His loan move to Bristol City didn’t work out either, and made only three league starts for the Robins. The 27-year-old has been on the periphery of the Irish squad for the last couple of seasons, but could return to the fold if he was to get more first-team football.

Soccer - Sky Bet Championship - Derby County v Reading - iPro Stadium Source: Ryan Browne

Kevin Long (Burnley)

The former Cork City defender made his Premier League debut for the Clarets in January 2015, but it lasted only 21 minutes after he suffered a cruciate knee injury against Newcastle.

The 25-year-old has struggled to cement his place in the Burley side and has had loan spells at Barnsley and MK Dons.

Soccer - Burnley FC - Burnley Training - Gawthorpe Training Ground Source: Jon Buckle

Marc Wilson (Stoke City)

Having struggled with injuries for the last couple of seasons, the versatile defender may need to leave Stoke in order to get more first-team opportunities.

The 28-year-old has not played for the Potters since picking up an injury against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup in January. Although Wilson made 25 league starts for Stoke in the 2014-15 season, he made just one in an injury-plagued season last year.

A drop down to the Championship may be to the long-term benefit of the Antrim man.

Britain Soccer Premier League Source: Rui Vieira

Midfielders:

David Meyler (Hull City)

The 27-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with the Tigers at the start of the year, but has struggled to nail down a regular starting place with Hull, having made just 84 league starts in the last three-and-a-half-years.

Steve Bruce is likely to add more quality to his newly-promoted side, further reducing the Cork man’s first-team chances next season.

Hull City v Sheffield Wednesday - Sky Bet Championship - Play-Off - Final - Wembley Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

Eunan O’Kane (Bournemouth)

An integral part of the Bournemouth side that earned promotion to the Premier League, the 25-year-old was restricted to just six league starts last season, with a further 10 appearances coming from the bench.

O’Kane made his Ireland debut against Switzerland in March, but may need to move to push for a regular place in the Irish starting line-up.

AFC Bournemouth v Manchester City - Barclays Premier League - Vitality Stadium Source: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Chris Forrester (Peterborough United)

The former St Pat’s man has earned many admirers across the water since his move from the League of Ireland.

Deployed in a deeper role than he was he accustomed to at Richmond Park, the 23-year-old has shown he is more than capable of competing in English football. A move away from the League One side, to a higher level, would not be a surprise.

Peterborough United v West Bromwich Albion - Emirates FA Cup - Fourth Round Replay - ABAX Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

Jeff Hendrick (Derby County)

One of Ireland’s standout players during Euro 2016, it may now be time for the 24-year-old to make the move to the Premier League having been with the Rams since 2009.

A stop-start season limited Hendrick to just 22 league starts in the Championship last season, with a further 11 coming from the bench. A move outside of the UK would also not be out of the question.

Brentford v Derby County - Sky Bet Championship - Griffin Park Source: Tim Goode

Josh Cullen (West Ham)

The 20-year-old has already made his Premier League debut for the Hammers, after coming off the bench against Liverpool at Anfield last year.

The former England U18 international, enjoyed a successful loan stint with Bradford City in League One at the end of last season, and another loan move will further help the highly-rated midfielder’s development.

Coventry City v Bradford City - Sky Bet League One - Ricoh Arena Source: EMPICS Sport

Jack Byrne (Manchester City)

On the verge of joining Championship side Blackburn Rovers on a temporary basis for the new season, after enjoying a successful spell with SC Cambuur in the Eredivisie last year, where he scored four goals in 27 games.

Moving closing to home will allow Irish fans to see the 20-year-old on a more regular basis, which can only help him stake his claim in the senior side.

Soccer - Premier League U21 International Cup - Final - Manchester City v Porto - City Football Academy Source: Barrington Coombs

Aiden McGeady (Everton)

It’s highly unlikely that Everton will still want McGeady at Goodison Park come the start of the season.

His move to Sheffield Wednesday didn’t work as planned, where he was deemed surplus to requirements during the play-offs, but it did earn the former Celtic winger vital game time ahead of the European Championships.

Spent time earlier in his career with Spartak Moscow in Russia, so don’t rule a move outside the UK for the 30-year-old.

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

Callum O’Dowda (Oxford United)

The 21-year-old may be a League Two player but has managed to feature 87 times for Oxford United since making his debut in 2013.

An exciting talent, O’Dowda contributed 10 goals for the U’s last season, and has already has been linked with a move to the Championship with Derby, having made his debut for Ireland at Turner’s Cross against Belarus.

Oxford United v Wycombe Wanderers - Sky Bet League Two - Kassam Stadium Source: Paul Harding

Robbie Brady (Norwich City)

Having suffered back-to-back relegations, Brady could start next season with a third different club in as many years.

Along with Hendrick, Brady would have caught the eye of the scouts out in France and has already been linked with a move to Premier League champions, Leicester City.

West Bromwich Albion v Norwich City - Barclays Premier League - The Hawthorns Source: Martin Rickett

Alan Judge (Brentford)

Judge’s Euro 2016 hopes were ended after he suffered a double lower-leg fracture against Blackburn Rovers in April, but was still named in the Championship Team of the Year and Football League Team of the Year last season.

The 27-year-old will be in demand this summer, despite his injury, and could prove an inspired signing for a side like Newcastle United looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Queens Park Rangers v Brentford - Sky Bet Championship - Loftus Road Source: Scott Heavey

Wes Hoolahan (Norwich City)

The Dubliner finds himself back in the Football League, where he was named as part of their Team of the Decade in 2015.

Having turned 34 in May, Hoolahan must now decide if he is willing to face the rough-and-tumble of the Championship, where the games come thick and fast.

The former Shelbourne midfielder has at least a couple more seasons at the top of the game, but will a Premier League club be prepared to take a chance on Hoolahan?

Swansea City v Norwich City - Barclays Premier League -  Liberty Stadium Source: David Davies

Forwards:

Eoin Doyle (Cardiff City)

The former Sligo Rovers striker has struggled to transfer his goalscoring form for Chesterfield to the Championship.

The 28-year-old spent last season on-loan with Preston from parent club Cardiff City, but managed just four league goals in 28 matches.

Middlesbrough v Preston North End - Sky Bet Championship - Riverside Stadium Source: Scott Heppell

Paddy Madden (Scunthorpe)

The striker signed a new three-year contract with Scunthorpe last season, but having scored 20 league goals as his side narrowly missed reaching the play-offs in League One, he certainly will be a transfer target for a host of clubs.

The 26-year-old’s only cap for Ireland was against Wales, in a friendly in 2013.

Soccer - Pre Season Friendly - Scunthorpe United v Sheffield Wednesday - Glanford Park Source: EMPICS Sport

Simon Cox (Unattached)

Having won 30 caps for Ireland, Cox has rarely featured under Martin O’Neill despite being a regular name in his expanded squad lists.

The 29-year-old was released by Reading at the end of the season, after finally scoring his first goal since 2014 in April.

Reading v Hull City - Sky Bet Championship - Madejski Stadium Source: EMPICS Sport

Leon Best (Unattached)

The 29-year-old was released by Rotherham United at the end of the season, after the Millers produced a stunning string of results to save themselves from relegation, in which Best scored four goals in 16 games.

Injury problems have hampered Best’s progression, but could be a shrewd signing for a bottom-half Championship club.

Soccer - Capital One Cup - Second Round - Derby County v Charlton Athletic - iPro Stadium Source: Nigel French

Selected transfers already completed: Aaron McCarey (Wolves to Ross County), Anothony Stokes (Celtic to Blackburn Rovers), Conor Sammon (Derby to Hearts), Padraig Amond (Grimsby Town to Hartlepool United).

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