It’s been a busy transfer window and we look at the top four Republic Of Ireland players to transfer clubs during the summer window.
The sum has been helped by the big expenditure of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspurs however it’s not been all about the galacticos of Alvaro Negredo, Paullinho and Mesut Ozil with Irish stars also making their mark on the summer transfer window.
SportsNewsIreland takes a look at four of the most important moves involving Irish players this summer.
The 27 year old will hope to get his career back on track with a season long loan deal to Stoke City. The former Manchester City has only played 47 games in the last three seasons and need to play regularly at this stage of his career and hopefully he will get this at the Britannia. The move to Stoke, see the Cork man has reunited with the man who helped establish him as one of the best young midfielders in England, Mark Hughes. It also sees him link with some familiar faces in Irish stars Glenn Whelan and Jon Walters.
After bursting on the scene 2 seasons ago McClean struggled to maintain those levels last season with matters of the field dominating the headlines more than actions on it. A change of scene always looked on the cards when Paulo Di Canio took over from Martin O’Neill and while he may have dropped down a division with Wigan to the Championship the Derry native should benefit from playing regularly, once he wins his place in the side.
The sight all Irish fans want see is a fit Dunne playing football week in and week out and so far those wishes are being met. The veteran defender moved on a free transfer from Aston Villa to QPR earlier in the summer and in the opening weeks of the season he has impressed at the back for Harry Redknapp’s side. Back in the Ireland squad for the crucial upcoming qualifiers against Sweden and Austria Dunne has played and finished four games for QPR so far this season and has yet to concede a goal.
It was one of the latest transfers of the summer window, but James McCarthy left Wigan and joined Everton for a 14 million. Roberto Martinez, who managed the midfielder when in charge at Wigan last season, was a long-time admirer of the Republic of Ireland 22-year-old and with Marouane Fellaini’s signing for Manchester United the Toffees boss had the cash to sign McCarthy.