"We are always looking. We are aware of him, we are aware of his situation," Gareth Southgate said regarding Declan Rice last week.
The England manager's words must have set off some alarm bells at the FAI. The 19-year-old was born in London but has Irish grandparents and has represented Ireland since the age of 14.
Rice, who can play both at centre-back and in midfield, has made 13 appearances for West Ham in the Premier League this season. His performances would have been noted by the FA.
Any fears which the FAI may have had regarding his allegiance have reportedly been somewhat allayed. John Fallon reports in today's papers that the FAI have made contract with Rice's camp and feedback has been positive regarding his commitment to Ireland.
Furthermore, Rice wishes to establish his future with Ireland by picking up his first senior cap. Ireland play Turkey in Antalya on March 23rd. It's said that Rice would be open to making an appearance for Martin O'Neill's side.
Rice trained with the Ireland senior squad towards the end of last season. He has also been a regular in Noel King's U21 side as they attempt to qualify for next year's European Championships.
Though Rice winning a cap against Turkey would not cement his future with Ireland - he could still play for England as it is only a friendly, not a competitive international - it would certainly be a major signal of intent from the young player.