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Ireland Hopeful Set To Leave Netherlands In Championship Move

Ireland Hopeful Set To Leave Netherlands In Championship Move

Dan Crowley is reportedly close to completing a move to Birmingham from Dutch side Willem II.

According to The Telegraph's Sam Wallace, the 21-year-old will join the Championship team for a £700,000 fee plus add-ons.

The midfielder had been with Willem II since the summer of 2017 when he joined from Arsenal. He impressed last season, making 34 appearances in the Eredivisie, scoring five goals and providing seven assists.

Crowley has played at underage level for both Ireland and England but earlier this year committed his international future to Ireland by applying for a FIFA transfer. Born in Coventry, he qualifies to play for Ireland through grandparents from Waterford and Cork.

Mick McCarthy travelled to the Dutch Cup final in May, a game which Willem II lost 4-0 to Ajax. Crowley had been expected to start the match.

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However, he only played 30 minutes off the bench and failed to make an adequate enough impression on the Ireland manager to warrant inclusion in the provisional squad for last month's games against Denmark and Gibraltar.

In an interview with BBC ahead of that Dutch Cup final, Crowley told of discussions he'd had with Ireland scout Mark O'Toole.

"I told him I want to play for Ireland," said Crowley.

"He is trying to get the papers sorted - I have to be patient,"

"The way I felt two years ago is different to the person I am now. Growing up I never owned an England kit, I had all the Ireland kits.

"I do love England, all my family and friends are there and I have lived there all my life, but internationally it feels more right to play for Ireland, it's the personal connection [to the country]."

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