Former Chelsea wonder-kid Conor Clifford is currently in talks with Irish champions Dundalk over a possible transfer to Oriel Park.
The 25 year old was considered a future star during his time in Chelsea’s underage ranks and Clifford captained Chelsea’s Youth Cup winning team of 2010.
Despite his early promise, Clifford found it difficult to make an impact at first team level and was released by Chelsea in 2013 after a series of loan moves. Clifford had a short stint at Leicester City before moving to Southend and then on to National League side Boreham Wood. Now the central midfielder looks set to move back to his homeland to resurrect his faltering career.
Despite other offers from clubs in the UK, Clifford looks set to complete a deal to sign for Dundalk, a move that will be seen as a real coup for manager Stephen Kenny who is looking to strengthen several key areas in his squad.
Clifford has been capped 13 times at U-21 level with Ireland and was twice called into the senior squad by Giovanni Trapattoni.