Notable Done Deals To Date
Stephen Quinn, Hull to Reading (free)
The former Hull City player has joined Reading after he was released at the end of his contract following Hull’s relegation from the Premier League. The 28 year old has been capped 13 times for the Republic of Ireland and had been at Hull since 2012. The tenacious midfielder played 28 times for Hull last season and was unable to prevent the clubs relegation to the Championship. He also helped Hull reach the F.A Cup final after scoring in the semi-final against Sheffield United.
Paul McShane, Hull to Reading (free)
Paul McShane is well known to Irish fans for his rather questionable footwork.The former Manchester United player has surprised many by carving out quite a successful career in England’s top flight division. The sometimes reckless defender can be frustrating at times but the Irishman could prove to be a good signing for a Reading side that will be hoping to push for promotion in the 2015/2016 campaign. His experience could be seen as a vital asset and still at just 29 years old, he would still have a lot to offer The Royals.
Jack Byrne, Manchester City to Cambuur (loan)
The 19 year old Manchester City player has agreed a season-long loan with Dutch side Cambuur just hours after signing a new contract with the Manchester club. He will wear the number 10 jersey and the loan deal has an option of a further extension should his spell be successful. The Ireland U19 international is one of the nation’s most promising youngsters and is held in high regard by City manager Manuel Pellegrini. The City boss was keen for the Dubliner to gain first team experience rather than playing in the U21 league. The Dutch league will be a good test for the youngster and will undoubtedly aid his progression as a player.
Alex Pearce, Reading to Derby County (free)
Viewed by many Reading fans as a vital player and leader in the team, Pearce will be a huge loss to the club. At the age of 26, he should be beginning to hit his prime and Derby, I’m sure will be delighted to have picked him up on a free transfer. The English born centre back has become a regular in Martin O’Neill squads of late and has earned 6 Republic of Ireland caps and has scored twice. While Brendan Rodgers was at Reading he made Pearce vice-captain and he rarely disappointed the Royals fans. He was named club player of the season in 2011-2012 and was linked with moves to many Premier League teams the following Summer. Pearce will undoubtedly be a good signing for Derby and he will slot in nicely beside fellow Irish international, Richard Keogh
James McClean, Wigan to West Brom (undisclosed fee £1.5mil-£2mil)
The controversial Derry native has secured a move to West Brom for a fee believed to be in the region of £2mil. The Irishman’s move has received a mixed reception from Baggies fans since his arrival, with some fans feeling that he brings unwanted negative press at times. Although McClean has become infamous in Britain for refusing to wear a Poppy on his shirt, McClean still possesses talent that will surely add some much needed guile to the West Brom attack. He joined Wigan from Sunderland and scored 10 goals in 86 appearances for the Latics. One of Ireland’s better players, McClean will be glad to be back in the Premier League and should help his claim for a starting place when the European Qualifiers come around again in September.
Seamus Coleman Everton to Manchester United
Coleman has long been a target for Manchester United and is seen by Louis Van Gaal as the clubs solution to their current full-back problem. Options in defence for United have been short and LVG has been forced to play winger, Antonio Valencia at right back. Coleman has been one of the Premier League’s stand-out full backs over the last few seasons and the Irish international has notched up an incredible 19 assists from 152 appearances from a defensive position. He has also managed an impressive 19 goals for Everton and his athleticism and high work rate have often been praised by rival managers. With Nathaniel Clyne moving to Liverpool for a fee of £15mil, Coleman would surely cost in around the same amount or even more considering he still has 4 years remaining on his current deal with Everton.
David Forde to Reading/Nottingham Forrest
The experienced keeper has just suffered relegation with Millwall and the player will surely be looking for an exit from the club this summer. The Irish international You’d feel, has far too much quality to drop down to League One and the player has been linked with a host of new clubs. Reading and Nottingham Forrest have been touted as a possible destination and surely the player will be pushing for a move away from The Den this summer.
Robbie Brady to Norwich
Steve Bruce has said that he will not accept less than £10mil for the Irish international. Suitors may be put off by the large price tag but Premier League new boys, Norwich may be set to test Hull’s resolve. Norwich have been linked with the Dubliner over the last few days and Brady’s versatility would be a very valuable asset for any side. He has proved his ability at taking set pieces for Ireland and he has impressed while playing out of position at full-back at international level. His professionalism is unquestionable and Steve Bruce will be desperate to keep the 23 old at the KC. A fee in the region of £5mil may be a more realistic figure, but will it be enough for Steve Bruce to part with the player.
Richard Dunne Free Transfer
Perhaps the Republic of Irelands greatest defender since Paul McGrath. Dunne, now 35, feels that he has at least one more season in him. Perhaps too old for the Premier League, Dunne would definitely be capable of doing a job for a Championship club. His experience would be an invaluable asset and his leadership qualities woukd aid any club no end. However, rumours that he may retire have been gathering pace lately.
Daryl Murphy to Stoke/West Brom/Leicester
The striker enjoyed a prolific season last year for Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town and has attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs. Leicester, West Brom and Stoke have all been linked with the 32 year old. The striker managed 27 goals for Ipswich last season and he will be looking to emulate that form should he move to the Premier League next season. He has recently broke into the Ireland setup once again and it is unfortunate that Murphy at the tender age of 32, is only now fulfilling his potential. Roy Keane bought Daryl while he was at Sunderland, but it was Mick McCarthy who was able to unleash Murphy’s goal scoring powers. Not unlike Charlie Austin, Murphy is a powerful forward who has as much quality or perhaps even more than Austin. Premier League managers I’m sure will be keeping close tabs on the Irishman.
Ian Harte Free Transfer
The Drogheda born veteran is out of contract with Bournemouth and is currently seeking a new club. Despite helping the club get promoted, Harte was one of 7 players to be released. Now 37, Ian Harte may struggle to find a new club. Harte has been named in the Premier league team of the year (99/00), the Championship team of the year (10/11 and 11/12), and the League 1 team of the year (09/10) He has represented Ireland 63 times and scored 12 goals. He will always be remembered for his excellent set piece ability.