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Report: Club Hoping to Tempt Dara O'Shea Away From West Brom This Summer

Report: Club Hoping to Tempt Dara O'Shea Away From West Brom This Summer
By Gary Connaughton

Quite a number of Irish players have been on the move this summer.

In the last few days, we have seen moves for the likes of Nathan Collins, Josh Cullen, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, and Ciaran Clark confirmed. That is without mentioning deals for players such as Gavin Bazunu and Festy Ebosele earlier in the window.

That list is only likely to grow in the weeks ahead. Aaron Connolly looks set for a surprising move to Italy, while Jason Knight and Chiedozie Ogbene continue to be linked with moves away from their current clubs.

One name you perhaps wouldn't have expected to be mentioned was Dara O'Shea.

The West Brom defender looks like a key part of that club's future, although last season would have been a frustrating one for him. The Dubliner suffered a major injury in Ireland's loss to Portugal in September, only returning to action in February.

He found himself in and out of the team from that point, although he did put a good run of starts together towards the end of the campaign. Now back to full fitness, it was anticipated that he would be a key player in a promotion push at The Hawthorns next season.

However, he is now drawing interest from elsewhere.

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Dara O'Shea linked with move away from West Brom

The Daily Mail are reporting that Burnley are hoping to sign Dara O'Shea from West Brom this summer, with the club looking to replace the recently departed Nathan Collins.

Having been relegated from the Premier League last season, the Turf Moor side are in the midst of a major rebuild. A number of key players from last season have already departed, with new manager Vincent Kompany completely reshaping the squad. Ireland international Josh Cullen signed for them earlier this week, while former St Pat's defender Luke McNally also joined from Oxford United.

They would reportedly like to make O'Shea their third Irish recruit of the summer. The 23-year old is in the final year of his contract, meaning West Brom could be tempted to sell should a decent offer arrive.

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It's difficult to know if this would be a good move for the player. It seems like somewhat of a sidewards step, while Burnley's immediate hopes of promotion remain unclear after such a sizeable overhaul in their playing personnel. Dara O'Shea will need to play regularly in order to compete for an international place, something that should be on offer at both clubs.

This is one to watch in the coming weeks.

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