Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick has been encouraging his old friend Robbie Brady to join him at Burnley in this month's transfer window, Independent.ie can reveal.
Ireland star Brady has been strongly linked with a move to Burnley in recent weeks, with Norwich manager Alex Neil confirming the Dubliner will be allowed to make a move in this transfer window if the price is right.
Leicester, Sunderland and Swansea have all been linked with a bid to bring Brady back to the Premier League this month, with Burnley reported to have had two bids for the 25-year-old rejected by Norwich in recent days.
Now Burnley and Ireland defender Stephen Ward has revealed that his team-mate Hendrick has been urging Brady to make the move to Turf Moor.
“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,” Ward told Independent.ie.
“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.”
Norwich manager Neil has suggested that a deal to sell Brady is not imminent, as he suggested talks over a transfer are not at an advanced stage with any potential suitor.
“There have been negotiations that are on-going and contact from other clubs,” stated Neil earlier this week.
“I am not going to be specific about who that is or how much we are talking about. There has been dialogue. With Robbie I wouldn’t expect anything to happen soon because it is not at those levels. It will be our timescale and on our terms.”
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