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Monday 25 September 2017

'Pay up if you want Brady'

Canaries warn interested clubs to make proper offer for Ireland ace

Ireland team-mates and childhood friends Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady may be reunited at Burnley if a bid for the Norwich City midfielder is successful Picture: Sportsfile
Ireland team-mates and childhood friends Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady may be reunited at Burnley if a bid for the Norwich City midfielder is successful Picture: Sportsfile

Bidding clubs will have to get serious if they are going to sign Robbie Brady before the transfer window closes next week, Brady's current employers have warned.

The coming week will be a busy one for a batch of Irish players, and their agents.

Robbie Keane confirmed over the weekend that he will ignore offers from the USA and Australia and will sign for a club in the UK, while Cyprus-based forward Cillian Sheridan is still the subject of interest from Polish league leaders Jagiellonia Bialystock.

And Barnsley are resigned to losing uncapped midfielder Conor Hourihane to Championship rivals Aston Villa, the Cork native admitting that he's had his "head turned" by a reported £3million offer.

The big deal of the week, from an Irish viewpoint, will involve Brady. He scored for Norwich in Saturday's 3-1 win over Wolves, a controversial game as Wolves keeper Carl Ikeme accused Wes Hoolahan of diving and getting him sent off, but that could be his last goal for the Canaries.

Burnley and Bournemouth are both keen on Brady but Norwich manager Alex Neil says the clubs are way off in their valuation.

"Every player has got their price," said Neil.

"We have had numerous offers for Robbie but none that fit the bill in terms of our valuation of Robbie. If he leaves this club it will only be when a club meets his valuation.

"We have had several offers from several clubs. Are they getting close? For their benefit if they are reading this then, no.

"Now that Martin (Olsson) has gone we are in a position where we don't have to sell. We can pick and chose who we sell, if we do, and that strengthens our hand in terms of departures. With incomings we are looking at the best players available for the best price."

Like Brady, Barnsley's Hourihane scored what appears to be his farewell goal for that club. Out of contract in the summer, the Tykes are expected to cash in now that Villa's interest has been confirmed.

"Aston Villa is a fantastic club. When a manager like Steve Bruce comes looking for you, it does turn your head a little bit. But we'll see what happens," says Hourihane.

Barnsley manager Paul Heckingbottom said: "Conor Hourihane is a Barnsley player and until a bid gets accepted that's what he'll continue to do".

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