Shamrock Rovers and UCD have agreed a deal for College stars Neil Farrugia and Gary O'Neill, with teammate Liam Scales to decide on his future after the Toulon tournament.
O'Neill's switch to the Hoops is a formality, while it is up to the highly rated attacker Farrugia – who would also have been part of Ireland U-21 manager Stephen Kenny's plans in Toulon next week had he not gotten injured – to decide whether he wants to go to Rovers or consider options elsewhere.
However, Farrugia has also spoken to Bohemians manager Keith Long and is understood to be giving serious consideration to a one-year switch to Bohs.
Farrugia's long-term plan is English football and RTE Sport understands that he is seeking an agreement with Rovers that would allow him to move on next year while also affording him the chance to finish his studies in UCD.
Farrugia, 20, has spent time with Manchester City but is reportedly unimpressed with the idea of moving there at this stage.
Scales joined him in a brief stay at the Premier League champions, but he has also caught the interest of Rovers, Dundalk, and Milwall.
Goalkeeper Conor Kearns, who reportedly starred for Kenny's team against the Ireland seniors today behind closed doors, is understood to have caught the attention of Dundalk.
Derry City are likely to swoop for striker Conor Davis, while Dan Tobin, Josh Collins and Evan Farrell have all finished their studies and may depart Belfield too.
The developments are devastating for College boss Collie O'Neill, whose side is hugely promising but bottom of the Premier Division table.
However, it is a major sign of Shamrock Rovers' intent to seize the title off Dundalk.
After 19 games each, champions Dundalk lead Rovers, who also have 43 points, on goal difference.
Both clubs have been linked with former Lilywhites defender Andy Boyle in recent days.
Rovers are keen to bolster their squad to give themselves a realistic chance of a first championship since 2011.