Saturday 16 February 2019

FAI still waiting on Bamford and Redmond

Patrick Bamford
Patrick Bamford
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Bayern Munich midfielder Ryan Johansson has committed his international future to Ireland, and Ipswich attacker Will Keane has started the filing of paperwork for a transfer of allegiance from England.

But Patrick Bamford and Nathan Redmond have yet to commit to going through that process.

The FAI have also discovered that another potential target - Sheffield United defender Jack O'Connell - is not eligible to switch sides.

Johansson's decision is a welcome development for the FAI. He grew up in Luxembourg to parents from Swedish and Irish families and had the option of playing for all three nations.

He was involved with Tom Mohan's Irish U-19 side earlier this year but then returned to line out for Luxembourg and the fact he had represented them competitively meant he was only allowed one more move.

However, the 18-year-old has taken that decision early and made it clear that he believes his long-term future lies with Ireland. "Our summers and Easter holidays growing up were always spent in Ireland," said the player's mother Christine.

Meanwhile, Keane (26) turned down Irish approaches in his younger days while his twin brother Michael tried it out before returning to play for England and become a full international.

Will is a striker who has been plagued by injury problems.

Irish Independent

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