Mick McCarthy has said that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford wants to speak to him with regards to his international future as the Republic of Ireland manager looks to bolster his options up front.
Shane Long and David McGoldrick both found the back of the net over the weekend but McCarthy is keen to add more firepower to the squad and is also looking to hold talks with Southampton’s Nathan Redmond as well as trying to coax Daryl Murphy out of retirement.
Nottingham native Bamford has played at youth level for Ireland, but since then has been an underage international with England.
The 2014/15 Championship Player of the Year has struggled with injuries in recent seasons, and has made just eight appearances – six from the bench – since his £7m summer move to Leeds United.
The 25-year-old played for six different clubs on loan from Chelsea during a four-year period with Chelsea, while his only goal for the Yorkshire club was the winning strike against QPR in his last outing before Christmas.
McCarthy said Bamford is eager to meet, while he will also seek a sit-down with Southampton’s Redmond to see his intentions.
The 59-year-old said he is also hoping that Murphy, a player he knows well from his time with Ipswich and Sunderland
Murphy, 35, called time on his Irish career shortly after the World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark and McCarthy says the frontman hasn’t refused to come out of retirement.