Irish manager Mick McCarthy has conceded that he will no longer be chasing Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford in an effort to get him to switch international allegiances from England to the Boys in Green.
McCarthy has been in contact with the Leeds United striker for a number of months in an attempt to get him to play for Ireland but despite some initial promising discussions, the interest from Bamford’s end appears to have dried up.
The former Ipswich boss had outlined during the last international break that Bamford wanted to reopen discussions after the conclusion of the Championship season but there has been no contact from him since.
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Speaking at a media event in Limerick on Monday McCarthy explained that the onus was very much on the 25-year old and that he would no longer be chasing Bamford to commit to Ireland.
“If he rings me and wants to play, yes.
“But no, I’m not (going to chase him).”
McCarthy continued: “Let me ask you a question. If you’re an Irish player and you thought you were good enough to play for Ireland, what would you do?
“Would you pick the phone up? That will do for me.
“I’m not chasing any more. It was left on the back burner and it’s up to Patrick. If he wants to play, he’s got to (pick up the phone).”
Ireland’s goalscoring woes still haven’t been solved despite McCarthy arriving to replace Martin O’Neill at the beginning of the year, with centre-forwards in green consistently struggling to find the net.
Since Aiden O’Brien’s header in a friendly against Poland last August, eight games have gone by without a striker scoring for Ireland despite the likes of Scott Hogan, Seani Maguire and David McGoldrick all getting opportunities.
McCarthy was asked about the possibility of Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant becoming involved in the squad after the former English U20 international’s promising Premier League campaign but conceded that the 21-year old wasn’t a player who is on his radar.
In more promising news, however, McCarthy did offer a word on Irish underage star Troy Parrott who he outlined he would give a chance to if the Spurs striker impresses him on his return from injury.
“I’ve only had reports on him because he’s been injured but I’d love to see him playing. “He looks really good. Yes, I’d like to see him. Would I give him a chance if he’s good enough? Of course I would.”