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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Trap gives pointer to his players

GIOVANNI Trapattoni has told his Ireland players to ensure they secure regular first-team football for next season if they are considering a summer move.

It should be a busy summer on the transfer market for Republic of Ireland players, with Kevin Doyle (Wolves to Arsenal), Stephen Hunt (Hull to West Brom or Wolves), Aiden McGeady (Celtic to Birmingham), Keiren Westwood (Coventry to Tottenham), Marc Wilson (Portsmouth to Wolves) and Shane Long (Reading to Birmingham) all linked with moves. It's also unclear if Robbie Keane has a long-term future at Tottenham.

But fringe squad members like Steven Reid (out of contract at Blackburn), Steve Finnan (released by Portsmouth) and Eddie Nolan (transfer-listed by Preston) need to move on, while the Hull City trio of Stephen Hunt, Paul McShane and Kevin Kilbane may also have to leave, but Trapattoni has stressed the need for first-team football to his squad member.

"It's important that Reid plays. Whether he plays in England or Scotland, it's important that he just plays," said Trapattoni when asked about a possible move to Celtic for Steven Reid. He was was pleased to hear reports of a move by Arsenal for Kevin Doyle.

"I read this news and I would be very happy for him," said Trapattoni.

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