Former Republic of Ireland Under-17 international Dan Crowley is reportedly on the brink of a move to Birmingham City.
Crowley, who has also represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 level, has spent the last two years in the Netherlands, helping Willem II into the KNVB Cup final last season, which they lost to Ajax.
He has publicly declared his ambition to play for Ireland. Indeed, Mick McCarthy attended the Dutch Cup decider, which Ajax won 4-0, specifically to watch the playmaker.
Crowley came off the bench in the 62nd minute.
"It was unfortunate because Danny had played so many games in the Willem midfield all season and the world and his mother expected him to start the game," McCarthy said after that game.
"If there was any doubt he wouldn't start then I wouldn’t have travelled."
McCarthy has yet to give the 21-year-old a call-up but if he can catch the eye in the Championship his chances of wearing green will surely rise. The Telegraph report that he is due to have a medical at Birmingham on Wednesday before completing the move.
Still only 21, Crowley spent three years in the underage ranks at Arsenal where he was tipped for big things. After a series of loan spells he moved to Willem II, going on loan to SC Cambuur in 2018.
Born in Coventry, his grandparents hail from Cork and Waterford.