Another hectic summer transfer window has come to an end and all the speculation can be put to one side until January at least. It was certainly eventful as the constant increase in transfer fees saw the Premier League spend sky rocket past the £1 billion mark.
Paul Pogba’s world record move to Manchester United, John Stones’ £50 million move to Manchester City, the astonishing return of David Luiz to Chelsea, Jack Wilshere’s loan move to Bournemouth and Tottenham stealing Moussa Sissoko from under Everton’s nose were the main headlines while 13 clubs broke their transfer records.
Big money was even spent in the Championship particularly by Newcastle and Aston Villa.
The Republic of Ireland kick-off their World Cup qualification campaign on Monday night with a tough trip to Serbia. Several Irish players were on the move during the summer. Here is a look at who moved where.
David Forde: Millwall – Portsmouth (loan)
Forde had a run in the team as the Irish number one goalkeeper and he did a solid enough job. However, after falling down the pecking order at Millwall, the likes of Darren Randolph, Rob Elliot and Kieran Westwood have overstepped him in international terms.
Forde will hope more game time at Portsmouth can help him push for that number one jersey but he is up against it.
Shane Duffy: Blackburn Rovers – Brighton & Hove Albion (£4 million)
Duffy is one of the less experienced members of the squad but he looks like he can be a regular in the next few years with promising performances in the Euros against Italy and France until he got sent off.
Duffy had a nightmare start to the season with Blackburn with three own goals and a red card to his name after handing in a transfer request. However, he still has potential and under Chris Hughton he will hope to cut out the mistakes.
Ciaran Clark: Aston Villa – Newcastle United (£5 million)
Another Irish defender who moved between Championship clubs. Clark was one of Villa’s better players last season but considering how hopeless they are, it is not saying much.
Clark is an honest player who always gives 100% but he seems to lack that bit of composure and intelligence to be a top defender. Will he get enough game time with Newcastle?
Marc Wilson: Stoke City – Bournemouth (undisclosed)
Injury hampered Wilson’s chances in the Euros and did not help him regain a starting place at Stoke either. Wilson is a solid defender who offers versatility in central defence or left-back.
He can still be a key member of O Neill’s squad going forward and the move to Bournemouth is a very shrewd one for all involved.
Jeff Hendrick: Derby County – Burnley (£10.5 million)
A great move for Hendrick, who becomes Burnley’s record signing. Hendrick deserves a move to the Premier League as he has been one of Derby’s best players for a few seasons now while they have constantly narrowly missed out on promotion.
The Dubliner was also extremely impressive at the Euros and has the ability to shine in midfield for both club and country.
Eunan O’Kane: Bournemouth – Leeds United (undisclosed)
While we would prefer to see as many Irish players in the top flight as possible, this is an essential move for O’Kane to earn more game time. He was never going to get a sniff ahead of Jack Wilshere or his Irish teammate Harry Arter.
O’Kane has very good technical ability and he now has the opportunity to progress his career at Elland Road, which could earn him a move back to the Premier League in the future.
Aiden McGeady: Everton – Preston North End (Loan)
It’s disappointing to see a player of such talent struggling like this deep into what should be his peak years.
Martin O’Neill likes him but Preston could be last chance saloon if he is to remain part of the former Celtic manager’s plans.
Daryl Murphy: Ipswich Town – Newcastle United (£4 million)
An exciting move for Murphy to a bigger club who should be back in the Premier League next season. The striker has been one of the most prolific goalscorers at Championship standard in the past few seasons.
The international stage is a step up and Murphy has struggled to make an impact in a green jersey but he will always be in the squad due to the lack of other quality forwards.
Vincent O’Shea, Pundit Arena