MICK McCARTHY could tie Bolton youngster Luca Connell to Republic of Ireland next month.
Ireland lost Declan Rice to England this season and Connell, 18, also qualifies for the Three Lions.
Connell has attracted interest from Premier League clubs and can leave the club in the summer as he is a third-year scholar at Bolton.
His international future will look clearer should he play against Denmark or Gibraltar in Euro 2020 qualifiers.
The teenage midfielder will not be able to switch countries like Rice if he plays in a competitive game.
He was named in McCarthy’s squad and will train at a camp in Portugal ahead of their double-header.
Connell plays for Ireland Under-18s but McCarthy has been impressed with his form and wants to look at the teenager in the Algarve.
The youngster has made a rapid rise since breaking into the first-team at Bolton and playing regular Championship football.
Tottenham, Wolves, Everton and Norwich are among the clubs closely watching his availability following administration.
Southampton and Brighton are also interested and had bids rejected in January.
With the youngster out of contract this summer, he could move to a foreign side with just training compensation paid to his club.