The Derby County defender is hopeful that Leeds United’s Patrick Bamford joins up with the Irish at some point.

Richard Keogh is hopeful that Leeds United striker Patrick Bamford will declare for the Republic of Ireland.

The in-form Leeds marksman was omitted from Mick McCarthy’s squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers later this month.

McCarthy revealed earlier this week that Bamford – who has six goals in his last 10 Championship games for United – made himself unavailable in order to focus on the Whites’ Premier League promotion bid.

The Boys in Green boss added that he may get the 25-year-old to commit this summer, and Keogh, who briefly played alongside the £7 million player [The Daily Mail] at Derby County, says the ball is in Bamford’s court.

He told The Mirror: “He’s a good player, he can score goals. He’d offer something different to our group, so I can understand why the manager is looking at different options.

“The manager has just followed that up and it’s got to the stage where it’s down to Pat. It’s his choice.

“If he wants to play for Ireland, then I’ll say it’s an opportunity. But if he doesn’t feel like that, then that’s up to him.”

Bamford, born in England, is an excellent striker and what a coup it’d be for the Irish if they can get him.

But if Leeds win promotion into the top flight, which seems a distinct possibility, then he might be on England boss Gareth Southgate’s radar next term if he adapts well to the Premier League., 

Marcelo Bielsa’s side sit third in the Championship, one point off the top two with eight games left.

In other news, New report claims player will cost Newcastle £62m, as Everton receive response to bid