TransferÂ Gossip: Portsmouth interested in Cork City midfielder
Pompey are leading the chase for Cork City midfielder Kieran Sadlier, according to a story in the Irish Mirror today.
Sussex-born Sadlier, 24, is now out-of-contract, with his final Cork game being Sunday's FAI Cup final defeat to Dundalk.
The midfielder, a former Irish under-21 international, is now expected to return to England to mull over his next move '“ and Pompey are supposedly high on the list of potential suitors.
It is reported that Shamrock Rovers are also expressing interest in player who became the first since 1974 to score in every round of the FAI Cup in the same season this term.
Sadlier was born in Haywards Heath and began his youth career at West Ham.
A move to Scottish side St Mirren followed '“Â where he spent a year '“Â before he joined Peterborough following a successful trial period.
The 24-year-old never made an appearance for Posh, spending time out on loan at Halifax Town during his spell there.
Then a switch to Ireland came about.
Sadlier joined Sligo Rovers in January 2016, making an impact with them, before making the move to Cork - where he has been since July last year.
The midfielder has been capped by Ireland at under-17, under-19 and under-21 level.Â
Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Sadlier said: 'I don't know what will happen now but I want to have my break and make a decision on what I'll do.'
During the summer, Pompey snapped up Ronan Curtis from League of Ireland side Derry City for a fee believed to be in access of Â£100,000.
The Blues also travelled to Cork back in July to take on the Rebels.
Kenny Jackett's side won that friendly 4-1, but Sadlier did not feature.