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Sunday 30 April 2017

Brady is Premier class again

Robbie Brady is Burnley’s new record signing
Robbie Brady is Burnley’s new record signing

The takeover of Burnley FC by the northside of Dublin is complete as Robbie Brady finally made the move which guarantees him Premier League football for the rest of the season.

And the Clarets have again broken their record for a transfer fee by paying Norwich City a reported £13million for the 25-year-old.

A suspension for the next World Cup qualifier, against Wales next month, means that Brady will be denied competitive international action until June, but he will at least end his spell in the Championship and become a Premier League player again.

The deal which sees Brady join on a three-and-a-half year deal was announced online by Burnley last night, the transfer update also read out to the home crowd during their league victory over Leicester City.

The news was welcomed by Clarets fans while compatriots Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward will be glad to see Brady - another man from the northside of Dublin - head for Turf Moor.

Burnley didn't reveal the fee but the club did confirm that the deal cost them more than the previous record fee, paid for Brady's fellow St Kevin's Boys graduate Hendrick.

"The former Manchester United youngster has also been a regular for Norwich in the Championship this season and now returns to the top-flight after signing for the Clarets for a fee that exceeds the one Burnley paid for countryman Jeff Hendrick in the summer," Burnley said in a statement.

Sean Dyche's men have led the chase for Brady in the face of competition from Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Newcastle but it was the cash on offer from Burnley, and Brady's desire to play in the top flight again, which helped seal the deal, Norwich clearing the way for Brady to leave with their signing of Yanic Wildschut from Wigan for £7m.

Prominence

The Brady deal was one of the few high profile moves to go through on the much-hyped transfer deadline day which has clearly had its time, in terms of the prominence given to it by outlets like Sky Sports News.

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