While the speculation surrounding Robbie Brady’s next move continues to grow, fellow Ireland international Jeff Hendrick has been looking to force the situation.
Burnley are one the ever-expanding group of clubs chasing the winger’s signature, and Hendrick has been hard at work selling Burnley as a potential destination to his compatriot.
Speaking to the Irish Independent, Stephen Ward has explained how Hendrick is using their longtime friendship to convince Brady that Turf Moor would be an ideal next destination for the 24-year-old:
“Jeff has known Robbie for a long time as they played football together at school, so they have been texting each other about the transfer rumours.
“Jeff has let Robbie know that this would be a great club for him to join and it would be fantastic to have him here because he would give us another dimension.
“It would also be great to have another Irish voice around the place and I’ve love to see Robbie here, but we only find out about transfers when they are confirmed by the club. We tend to be the last people to find out.
“I was surprised that Robbie didn’t get a move to a Premier League club after he did so well for Ireland at the Euros last summer, but I think the price tag Norwich put on him meant it didn’t happen.”
A number of clubs from the Premier League and Championship have been linked with the Norwich midfielder, which at last counted included Leicester, Swansea, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Sunderland and Newcastle, but Canaries manager has stated that a sale is not imminent.
The second-tier side are believed to be holding out for £13m for him, and until they get a bid somewhere near that (i.e. more than the £7m that Palace have offered) then he will be staying at Carrow Road.
With eleven days still to go in this transfer window, this one could run a bit longer – and despite the huge amount of interest, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Brady is still a Norwich player on the 1st of February.