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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Villa face a big fee for Irish ace Brady

Norwich’s Irish star Robbie Brady Picture: Sportsfile
Norwich’s Irish star Robbie Brady Picture: Sportsfile

Aston Villa could face a Wes Hoolahan-style wild goose chase if they try to sign Robbie Brady from Norwich City in January.

Villa have been linked with a £10 million swoop for the Republic of Ireland winger, who played under Steve Bruce at Hull City.

But it is understood Norwich would be prepared to dig their heels in to prevent Brady joining a potential Championship promotion rival.

It could lead to a similar situation to nearly three years ago when Paul Lambert tried to raid the Carrow Road club for Hoolahan only to be repeatedly knocked back.

Hoolahan remained with the Canaries after they resisted several attempts from Villa to prise him away in January 2014.

Sources close to the Carrow Road club suggest any deal for Brady is unlikely during a season when Norwich are targeting an instant return to a Premier League.

It would take nearer to £15 million for them to even consider selling the 24-year-old who is under contract until the summer of 2018.

Ironically, Brady faced his potential new club Villa in last night's Championship clash at Carrow Road and came away with three valuable points.

The Dubliner was booked in the 26th minute, but the home side put themselves up near Championship play-off places with a win that sees Villa mired in mid-table.

Nelson Oliveira's 62nd-minute strike was enough to secure the points for Norwich.

However, Irish playmaker Hoolahan was an unused substitute once again in last night's win as the 35-year-old has fallen out of favour of late with Norwich boss Alex Neil.

The Norfolk-based club have struggled of late to make a serious bid to return to the Premier League.

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