Tuesday 17 October 2017

Robbie Brady on the verge of Premier League return as Crystal Palace agree 'structured' deal for Ireland star

Robbie Brady
Robbie Brady
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Crystal Palace have agreed the structure of a deal to sign Norwich midfielder Robbie Brady, but Burnley remain in the mix to sign the Republic of Ireland international, Independent.ie understands.

Norwich are believed to be prepared to accept an initial fee below their asking price of £12m, with Palace striking a deal at around the £9m mark that will be inflated if they secure their position in the Premier League for next season.

Meanwhile, Burnley are continuing to negotiate a deal to sign Brady, with the presence of his Ireland colleagues Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward at the Turf Moor club a reason why he might be swayed to make that move.

Hendrick has been sending texts to his old schoolboy football pal Brady encouraging him to make the move to Burnley, but it is now clear that Sean Dyche’s side have competition for his signature.

What now seems certain is that Brady will get a move back to the Premier League in this month’s transfer window, after Norwich’s inflated asking price ruled out a move for the Dubliner after his sparkling performances with Ireland at the Euro 2016 finals last summer.

A Premier League move for Brady would be good news for Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill, who will been keen to see as many of his first choice players playing top flight football ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales in Dublin on March 24th.

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