THE FAI have not given up in their bid to lure highly-rated striker Patrick Bamford back to the green jersey.
Bamford has scored eight times in 12 games for MK Dons this season following his loan move from Chelsea. The forward (20) is eligible for Ireland and played once for the Republic at U18 level, in 2010. He declared for England and won U19 and U20 caps, but his England career has since stalled.
The FAI are keen to land the striker who moved to Chelsea from Nottingham Forest in a £1.5m (€1.8m) deal.
"We are no closer with Patrick but we haven't given up," said Ireland U21 boss Harry McCue.
"We have plenty of our lads at MK Dons who can sway him our way. Samir Carruthers says he will get him in a headlock. We have Gary Waddock there as assistant coach at the club."
LEYTON ORIENT'S Irish star David Mooney has been named the Sky Bet League One player of the month for September after hitting four goals for the Londoners. Dubliner Mooney was originally signed by Reading from Cork City back in 2008, and he signed for the O's in 2011.
Bournemouth have moved to bring in Irish 'keeper Stephen Henderson on loan from West Ham - and he could face up to Ireland No. 1 David Forde for his debut tomorrow. Sam Allardyce agreed to let Henderson join the Cherries on a three-month loan deal, with a likely debut against Millwall in the Championship tomorrow as regular keeper Ryan Allsop is suspended.
IRELAND WIN: Two sweetly struck penalties from skipper James Walsh and a brilliant Darren Dunne strike earned the Republic of Ireland Juniors an opening day success in the internationl quadrangular over Scotland at Pike Rovers Complex in Limerick.