By Harry Sykes

Paul McGrath has paid tribute to Daryl Horgan after he was named in the Republic of Ireland matchday squad for the first time.

The Dundalk winger was an unused substitute for Martin O’Neill’s side in their 1-0 World Cup qualifier win over Austria on Saturday night.

The Scottish Sun claim Aston Villa were one of the clubs, along with Celtic, Newcastle and Bristol City, who sent a scout to Vienna to keep tabs on him.

Villa legend McGrath hailed Horgan and his club Dundalk and stated it was “brilliant to see hard work rewarded”.

Horgan has caught the attention of Championship clubs following his impressive form for Irish outfit Dundalk, which included scoring against Zenit St Petersburg in the Europa League.

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The 24-year-old, whose contract expires at the end of December, has also scored nine goals in 31 league matches for his club this year.

Speaking to the Ireland Independent, Horgan revealed that he would consider any offer put on the table by Newcastle after describing them as a huge club.

“Look, it’s very easy to say you’re interested,” Horgan revealed. “It’s very different to put at offer on the table and at the minute, there are no offers on the table.

“I’m a Dundalk player, I’m very happy at Dundalk, but as I said, if an offer does come in from somewhere, I’d have to consider it, especially something like a massive club like Newcastle.”

In other Aston Villa transfer news, a BBC journalist has posted an update on the club’s January transfer plans.