Wednesday 23 January 2019

Burnley set to buy Brady

Dyche coy as £13m move to make Dublin trio with Hendrick and Ward

The Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady could be team-mates at Burnley soon
The Republic of Ireland's Jeff Hendrick and Robbie Brady could be team-mates at Burnley soon

Burnley are poised to add another Ireland star to their squad by making a bid for Robbie Brady.

The Clarets already have Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick in their panel, Hendrick a record signing after his £10million summer move from Derby County, but a third man from Dublin's northside could join them if Burnley manage to land Brady, who is rated at £13milion by Norwich.

The Canaries had previously stated their desire to hang on to Brady, a £7million purchase from Hull City, and hoped to see him drive their promotion bid. But with just three wins from their last 15 games, Norwich's hopes of promotion are fading and they badly need a revival to stay in the race and lift the pressure from manager Alex Neil.

Brady has performed well for the Canaries but the sale of their prize asset during this transfer window would give boss Neil the funds to make a number of signings.

With Norwich unlikely to sell to their Championship rivals Aston Villa and Newcastle United, bids from Leicester City and Crystal Palace were of more interest to Norwich but now Burnley, eight points clear of the relegation zone, have expressed an interest although manager Sean Dyche was keeping his cards close to his chest.

"We try to do any business we're attempting, to do as privately as we can, I think it's respectful to all parties. There are some things going on at the moment, when they're ready for the press then they'll come out," he said last night. "There are some calls being made. There are a few situations that have got a chance."

Burnley fans took time to be won over by Hendrick as he initially struggled to justify his price tag but the former St Kevin's Boys man is winning over supporters of late.

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