Ireland U21 international Ollie O’Neill is wanted by West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur, according to the reports from England. O’Neill, who plays his football with Fulham’s U23 side, scored six goals and provided three assist in this season’s Premier League 2 competition.
As per the reports, multiple clubs have expressed their interest in O’Neill as he enters the final two months of his contract at Craven Cottage.
It is understood that a number of clubs are interested in taking the winger on loan, but any move to the Premier League would be a permanent one.
Fulham are determined to retain his services for their 2022/2023 campaign and believes in his ability. However, he is still yet to agree to a new deal with Marco Silva’s side, leaving the door open for offers from around the leagues.
O’Neill is a versatile attacking player and has represented the Boys in Green at U17, U19 and U21 level.
After a stand-out campaign in last year’s U18 Premier League, the teenager broke into Fulham’s U23 side, where he caught the attention of Ireland U21 manager Jim Crawford.
Ever since then, he has been an important squad member for the 21s in their efforts to qualify for the European Championships, a competition Ireland have never qualified for in their under-21 history.
O’Neill also caught the eye when representing the Ireland Under-21s last November when the winger scored in the last minute to secure a 1-0 win over Sweden at Tallaght Stadium.
The Fulham playmaker has performed well for Jim Crawford’s side in his three appearances and will be a key player as they aim to qualify for the country’s first-ever Under-21 European Championships.
However, Fulham remains determined to keep hold of O’Neill beyond the summer. Although they are not yet offering the youngster a role in the first team, it appears Marco Silva wants to send him out on loan in the summer in an attempt to help him gain valuable experience at the highest level.
A central midfielder by trade, O’Neill is regarded as one of the most talented players to come out of the Fulham academy in recent years. Although yet to make his professional breakthrough, the youngster is rated highly due to his technical quality in the middle of the park, coupled with his work ethic.