Daniel Crowley is set to sign for Birmingham City in a move that could greatly benefit his international career.
The midfielder, who has been scouted by Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy, will join Birmingham from Dutch side Willem II in a deal worth a £700,000, according to The Telegraph.
Crowley has represented Ireland and his native-England at underage level. Earlier this year, he stated his intention to play for the Boys in Green.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder, who also played for Go Ahead Eagles and Cambuur in the Netherlands, joined Willem II from Arsenal on a permanent deal in 2017. In 40 appearances last season, Crowley scored seven goals and registered nine assists. He also helped his side reach the Dutch Cup final, where they lost to Ajax.
McCarthy was in attendance at that game to scout the midfielder. However, Crowley was surprisingly omitted from the starting line-up. Crowley’s transfer to Birmingham will enable the Ireland manager to keep a close eye on a player who could help solve the creative deficiencies in the national team.
The Coventry-born midfielder started his career with Aston Villa and was signed for over £200,000 by Arsenal when he was just 16. He had unsuccessful loan spells with Oxford United and Barnsley before trying his luck in Dutch football.
Crowley represented England at under-16, under-17 and under-19 levels. He qualifies for Ireland through his Irish-born grandparents and played for the country at under-16 and under-17 levels.