Ex-Ipswich Town striker Kieffer Moore named in Wales squad with Bristol City reportedly set to reignite interest
PUBLISHED: 11:33 21 May 2019 | UPDATED: 11:49 21 May 2019
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Former Ipswich Town striker Kieffer Moore has been named in the Wales squad for the first time after firing Barnsley to League One promotion.
The Torquay-born front man, who qualifies through his maternal grandfather, will be part of Ryan Giggs' group for Euro 2020 qualifiers in Croatia and Hungary.
The 26-year-old scored 19 goals in all competitions, despite missing a chunk of the campaign with a serious head injury, as Barnsley secured second spot ahead of Sunderland.
Mick McCarthy brought the 6ft 5in front man to Portman Road for just £10k when recruiting him from then National League side Forest Green Rovers in January 2017.
He made just 11 substitute appearances totalling 146 minutes before being loaned to then League One side Rotherham United.
His prolific form (13 goals in 22 league games) helped set the Millers' promotion back to the Championship in motion. Town then decided to cash-in come the January, selling Moore to Barnsley for £750k.
Moore - who has scored 36 goals in 65 starts and 15 substitute appearances since departing the Blues - was linked with a £2m move to Sunderland and Bristol City in January this year. It's been reported that the Robins may reignite that interest this summer.
Meanwhile, interest is said to be hotting up in another former Town player - Matt Clarke. The former Town academy graduate was named Portsmouth's player of the year after they finished fourth in League One.
New Brighton boss Graham Potter watched the 22-year-old in action as Pompey suffered a play-off semi-final defeat to Sunderland last Thursday.
Clarke made just four sub appearances for Town in the Championship before McCarthy used him as a makeweight in a player plus cash (£700k) deal which saw Adam Webster arrive from Fratton Park in 2016.
Elsewhere, Town midfielder Alan Judge has been named in McCarthy's reduced 27-man Republic of Ireland squad for their Euro 2020 qualifiers against Denmark and Gibraltar.
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