The FAI has reportedly cast its net in the search for Irish eligible players to Sweden.
According to American journalist Brian Sciaretta, the FAI has shown some interest in Colorado-born defender Brendan Hines-Ike who plays for Orebro SK in the Swedish Allsvenskan.
Hines-Ike, who has an Irish grandfather, is in his third season with the Swedish top flight side. He is in the process of getting his Irish passport.
I am hearing that there has been some interest from the Irish federation for Orebro's American central defender Brendan Hines-Ike who has become one of the best defenders in the Swedish Allsvenskan. The Colorado native is in the final stages of acquiring his Irish passport.
— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) July 10, 2018
The 23-year-old played college football before he move to Sweden. He has attracted attention from other European clubs. A transfer to the Dutch Eredivisie is reportedly on the cards. Orebro technical director Magnus Skoldmark acknowledged the interest back in May and added that Hines-Ike is one of the best defenders in Swedish football.
"It is only speculation and rumors and nothing I want to go into now," said Skoldmark.
"He is one of the most talented central defenders in the Allsvenskan and he is doing well now. There is interest from other clubs."
A mobile defender who is comfortable on the ball, Hines-Ike would be an interesting addition to Martin O'Neill's options.