Thursday 27 October 2016

Hammers eye Brady

Norwich's Ireland star on Bilic radar as Premier return looms

Ireland star Robbie Brady could be on his way to West Ham. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire
Ireland star Robbie Brady could be on his way to West Ham. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire

West Ham are poised to try and sign Ireland defender Robbie Brady, a move which would be a big boost to the Dubliner as it would offer him Premier League and European football next season.

Norwich, relegated to the Championship at the end of the last campaign, have stressed that there is no hurry to sell the highly-rated Brady.

But West Ham are now in the market for a left back after Aaron Cresswell, who missed just one Premier League game last season, is out for up to four months after he suffered a knee injury in a pre-season game.

The Hammers have their first competitive game of the season in the Europa League tomorrow, in Slovenia with Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph included in the squad.

And boss Slaven Bilic is keen to draft in a left-back as soon as possible. Brady has been linked with the Hammers by local media in London and West Ham would be willing to meet the asking price.

Norwich, who have banked £7m from the sale of Nathan Redmond to Southampton, have stated that they do not need to sell Brady but will be prepared for offers.

"We are happy he is here and that will remain the case until when or if someone comes in with the right money. Then we will consider it," Canaries manager Alex Neil said last week.

Meanwhile, Burnley are this week preparing a third bid for Derby County man Jeff Hendrick. The Clarets have had two bids, the most recent for £7million, rejected by Derby but Sean Dyche's side remain keen on the 24-year-old.

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