RICHARD DUNNE has been shown the exit door by Aston Villa after an injury-scarred season.
And more Irish players could be on the way out of Villa Park as manager Paul Lambert plans to hold talks with Stephen Ireland and Shay Given.
Dunne did not play at all for Villa last season as his last taste of action was in Ireland's Euro 2012 defeat to Italy and as he is out of contract, Lambert has already decided to move on the Tallaght native.
His four-year deal with Villa expires next month and the defender will now have to look for a club, while Ireland and Given may also be shown the door as Lambert plans for next season.
Given was relegated to second-choice by Brad Guzan last season and made just two Premier League appearances all season.
Ireland played 17 times for the side but was frozen out in the second half of the campaign and appears to have no future at the club.
Meanwhile, Bolton have snapped up highly-rated Irish striker Conor Wilkinson from Championship rivals Millwall.
The London-born forward, who qualified for Ireland through the parentage rule, has yet to make his debut for Millwall.
But Bolton boss Dougie Freedman is a fan of the player, and has signed Wilkinson and Sheffield Wednesday youngster Hayden White.
"I've been aware of them both for a while," Freedman said.
"They both fit in very well with what I am trying to do at this football club and I think they can both have a very bright future with the right development."