Ireland coach confirms interest in Sydney FC's O'Neill for national duty

One of Australia's most promising midfielders could be lured away from the Socceroos' future plans after the Republic of Ireland confirmed their interest in Sydney FC midfielder Brandon O'Neill, who is also being targeted by two English championship clubs.

Wanted man: Brandon O’Neill has Championship clubs monitoring his progress – as well as the Ireland national team.

The 24-year-old central midfielder is on the radar of Ireland coach Martin O'Neill who told Irish media that he has monitored his progress in the A-League. A dual national who holds an Irish passport through his parents, O'Neill has represented Australia with their youth teams but is yet have his international future secured at senior level.

O'Neill has been one of the driving forces of Sydney's successive premierships. He has made 99 appearances in all competitions for Sydney, scoring six goals for the club.

Despite his form, he does not appear to be on the immediate radar of the Socceroos having never been called up to the national team. Ireland coach, Martin O'Neill, confirmed his interest in recruiting his namesake, confirming the Sydney midfielder is being monitored regularly.

"I did some research when I heard about him. A Scottish man I know quite well mentioned him to me quite some time ago. I'll have a look," O'Neill told Irish media.

The Irish national team are not the only entity trying to poach O'Neill with English Championship clubs set to submit transfer offers during the European summer to try and sign him from Sydney FC.

Sources suggest two potential suitors are lining up to sign O'Neill, who has another year to run on his contract. Their desire to keep hold of O'Neill will likely be tested in the coming months with Scottish club Rangers also keeping tabs on his progress.

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