Norwich winger Robbie Brady could be set for a return to the Premier League.
The versatile Republic of Ireland international was relegated with the Canaries at the end of last season, and despite reports of a £12m bid from top flight champions Leicester City in the summer, Brady remained at Carrow Road.
According to reports in the Mirror, however, the Foxes are back in for the 24-year-old and could make a move in January once they have sold underwhelming summer signing Bartosz Kapustka.
Norwich were looking for north of £15m in the summer for Brady, a player they spent £7m on the year previously, as his stock rose dramatically following his heroics with Ireland at Euro 2016.
While they would still be holding out for around £10m, the report goes on to allege that interest from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace could drive the eventual transfer fee up even higher.
Hearing Norwich hoping Leicester & Palace to have bidding war for Brady to potentially push fee up to £13m. #NCFC to sell to buy a striker
— James Nursey (@JamesNursey) January 3, 2017
Palace’s interest in the player stems from the glaring weakness they have on the left flank currently. Pape Souaré was involved in a devastating car crash in September and probably won’t play again this season, while Wilfried Zaha has travelled to the African Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast and could be gone for up to six weeks.
Ultimately, though, Norwich are far more likely to sell now than they were in the summer. Their poor Championship form and subsequent need to strengthen has made them more agreeable to letting the player leave for the right price.
Leicester, meanwhile, are going through something of a rough patch themselves. They have won just twice in the league since October, and while they qualified comfortably from their Champions League group, manager Claudio Ranieri knows that their domestic form simply hasn’t been good enough.
The champions are have all-but sewn up a £15m deal for Genk midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, and once Kapustka is moved on attention can then turn to Brady.
Both would then be available to play in Leicester’s Champions League tie against Sevilla in February.