Sunderland have become the latest club to express an interest in signing Ireland international Robbie Brady.
The 24-year-old Norwich winger is a man in demand in this transfer window, and Norwich City’s willingness to sell means that a number of sides have expressed an interest in signing him.
Crystal Palace have already had a £7m bid knocked back, while Leicester, Aston Villa, Burnley, Newcastle and Swansea are all believed to be monitoring the situation. The Canaries’ increased £13m asking price, however, is stopping more clubs from placing formal offers.
The Irish Independent are reporting on Sunday that David Moyes’ relegation-threatened Black Cats are prepared to enter the fray – though how a £13m bid for Brady would fit in with their limited transfer budget remains to be seen.
Sunderland manager David Moyes watched his side sink further into the relegation mire on Saturday as Stoke City left the Stadium of Light with a 3-1 victory. As it is, they are still just one point from 17th but they have lost five games of their last seven and the situation is looking increasingly perilous without significant investment.
To that end, the report also links the club with a move for Everton midfielder James McCarthy.
The Toffees completed the £24m signing of Morgan Schneiderlin from Manchester United this week which could have a huge impact on the 26-year-old’s hopes of nailing down a regular starting spot under Ronald Koeman at Goodison Park, and given the fact that he was being linked with a move away from the club as far back as August, McCarthy’s long-term future at Everton appears to be bleak.
The report does go on to state, however, that is Koeman is keen to keep the former Wigan man at the club for the time being with Tom Cleverley gone on loan to Watford and Idrissa Gueye at the African Cup of Nations.