Clubs flocking around Sheppard

Clubs set to watch striker in action in midweek

Karl Sheppard: Attracting the interest of clubs in England after impressing for Shamrock Rovers

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Skysports.com understands a host of clubs are tracking Shamrock Rovers striker Karl Sheppard.

Sheppard is out of contract at the end of the month and the news has alerted a number of clubs in England to his possible availability.

Should Sheppard leave Shamrock Rovers any compensation for his signature would be minimal as he has only been at the League of Ireland club for a year and joined them on a free transfer.

The likes of Sunderland, Blackpool, Cardiff, Watford and Peterborough are all thought to be keeping tabs on the Republic of Ireland Under 21 international.

Sheppard will have the ideal chance to put himself in the shop window when he lines up against Tottenham in the Europa League on Thursday with scouts set to watch the former Everton youngster.

Sheppard's exclusive agent, Dan Fletcher, admits it comes as no surprise that a number of sides are interested in landing the 20-year-old forward

"Karl's had a great season for Shamrock, he's scored 10 goals and is the first striker name on their team sheet," Fletcher told skysports.com.

"He's also been rewarded with a Republic of Ireland U21 cap recently for his hard work.

"He's out of contract in December, so of course there's significant interest in him from England."