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Five Irish Internationals That Could Still Be On The Move This Summer

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It’s already been a busy transfer window for Irish internationals, but all signs point to it getting even busier before the summer is up.

Players such as Jonathan Walters, Cyrus Christie and Jonny Hayes have all switched clubs in pre-season, but there are still a number of balls in the air regarding further deals involving the Boys in Green.

Some transfers look more likely than others, but it would not be a surprise to see the following five players at different clubs in the new campaign.


Daryl Murphy (Newcastle)

NEWCASTLE, ENGLAND -  MAY 4: Daryl Murphy smiles during the Newcastle United Training Session at The Newcastle United Training Centre on May 4, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

The 34-year-old has been told in no uncertain terms that he is free to leave St. James’s Park this summer, so a move is almost guaranteed to happen. Murphy was signed by Rafa Benitez from Ipswich in a £3m fee, and after scoring 5 goals in his 14 Championship appearances for the Magpies the striker can feel he contributed to their promotion.

A move to another club in England’s second tier seems likely.

Glenn Whelan (Stoke City)

STOKE ON TRENT, ENGLAND - MARCH 04:  Stoke City's Glenn Whelan during the Premier League match between Stoke City and Middlesbrough at Bet365 Stadium on March 4, 2017 in Stoke on Trent, England. (Photo by Mick Walker - CameraSport via Getty Images)

With compatriot Jon Walters already out the door, speculation has been mounting that Whelan would follow, possibly also to Burnley. While the 33-year-old has been an important part of the Stoke midfield for the best part of a decade, the signing of Darren Fletcher in the summer look could spell the end for his time at the club.

Aston Villa have already had one bid rejected, but Mark Hughes has suggested that the right offer would be accepted.

Shane Long (Southampton)

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND - MAY 13: Shane Long of Southampton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Southampton at Riverside Stadium on May 13, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Although new Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino will likely give Long every chance to impress in pre-season, the mooted signing of  Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto doesn’t bode well for the former Cork City forward. With Manolo Giabbiadini and Charlie Austin already vying for places at St. Mary’s, Long may well find first-team opportunities limited if he doesn’t get a move elsewhere.

James McCarthy (Everton)

Stoke on Trent, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 1:  James McCarthy during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Everton at the Bet365 Stadium on February 1, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tony McArdle/Everton FC via Getty Images)

McCarthy’s relationship with Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been strained, but even in pure footballing terms, the former Wigan man has a serious battle to get into that Toffees midfield. An already crowded field that contains Idrissa Gueye, Tom Davies, Gareth Barry and, Muhamed Besic Morgan Schneiderlin has been supplemented by the £24m arrival of Davy Klaassen.

Newcastle were interested in January, and they may rekindle their interest if Everton are agreeable to a deal.

Marc Wilson (Bournemouth)

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 20: Marc Wilson of AFC Bournemouth and Ben Pearson of Preston North End in action during the EFL Cup Third Round match between AFC Bournemouth and Preston North End at Goldsands Stadium on September 20, 2016 in Bournemouth, England.  (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Wilson joined Bournemouth from Stoke City last summer, but didn’t make a single Premier League appearance for the Cherries before moving to West Bromwich Albion on loan in January. Reports have suggested that Tony Pulis is set to make that move permanent this summer to buy Wilson for the second time, having been the one to bring him to Stoke in the first place in 2010.

As well as the names above, Aiden McGeady is likely to complete a move from Everton to Sunderland in the coming days, while free agents Robbie Keane and Shay Given are still on the lookout for new clubs.


On this week’s episode of the Mixer Irish football podcast, we chatted to Shelbourne manager Owen Heary and looked ahead to Irish sides’ big week in Europe, as well as the usual League of Ireland news.

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