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Saturday 18 November 2017

Ipswich forward tracked by O'Neill

IPSWICH Town striker David McGoldrick could be in line for an Ireland call-up after Martin O'Neill sent one of his scouts to watch the forward in action.

McGoldrick (inset) and Waterford lad Daryl Murphy caught the eye as they scored a goal each as Mick McCarthy's side beat Millwall last weekend, and O'Neill's coach Steve Guppy was at Portman Road to see the duo in action in Tuesday's 2-0 win over Brighton, where Murphy scored his third goal of the season.

"They play off each other particularly well and it was lovely to see them both get a goal on Saturday because centre forwards judge themselves on goals, so it was good that they both scored," said McCarthy of McGoldrick and Murphy.

"I signed Murph at Sunderland (in 2005) and since then he's always been on the move. He's never had his feet planted or his bum in one chair for long enough. He was off to Celtic, he's had four spells here now, three of them on loan. He loves it here, his family are settled and that really helps. He's started the season well."

McGoldrick, 26, is eligible for Ireland though a call-up has been delayed until now due to injury while the player also experienced a delay in assembling the paperwork needed to provbe his eligibility.

"I just want to get the paperwork done, it's up to me to prove the link and then I'll make myself available for selection. It's up to Martin O'Neill if he wants to pick me but I'd love it if he did," said McGoldrick.

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