Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United and Plymouth Argyle are all chasing Wigan midfielder Jack Byrne, according to journalist Neil O’Riordan.

The 21-year-old was born in Dublin and is a Republic of Ireland Under-21 internationalist. He came through the youth academy at Manchester City and, after loan spells at Cambuur and Blackburn Rovers, joined Wigan in January this year on a three-and-a-half-year contract. He agreed a short-term loan move to Oldham in August.

Byrne has been Oldham’s key man this season making 23 appearances in all competitions for the club. He has managed to scored seven times for the club as well as having five assists for Richie Wellens’s side.

Jack Byrne told Manchester Evening News that he would like to stay at Oldham after his loan spell expires. “Of course I’d like to stay and continue playing, but it’s between the two clubs to come to a solution. It’s out of my control so I’m not stressing about it.”

Plymouth will be looking to bring Byrne to the club to replace French midfielder Toumani Diagouraga. His contract will expire at Plymouth after their game against Bury at the weekend and Diagouraga is believed to be a target for Bolton plus three clubs in League One, according to The Herald.

Peterborough are hopeful to bring Byrne to ABAX Stadium in order to keep up their push for a play off spot. If Byrne joins The Posh he will become part of one of the strongest attacking side in League One as Peterborough possess League One top goalscorer Jack Marriott with 17 goals and Marcus Maddison who has the most assists in League One with 13.

The Irish midfielder was set to join Hearts as part of swap deal with Jamie Walker heading to Wigan but it’s believed that Hearts have pulled the plug on the deal.


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