Friday 19 January 2018

Bruce lashes out at Norwich over derisory bids for Brady

Hull City's Robbie Brady
Hull City's Robbie Brady
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has ridiculed Norwich City for making 'embarrassing' bids in a vain attempt to secure the services of Robbie Brady.

The Canaries are keen on offering the Dubliner a chance to stay in the Premier League after he suffered the pain of relegation. But Bruce says that Norwich will have to offer more than £3m to secure the Irish international, pointing out that he has just sold Tom Ince to Derby County for £5m - the England U-21 player couldn't get in the Hull side.

"Norwich have come in with bids for Robbie Brady but I have to say they've been embarrassing," said Bruce. "The supporters should know the truth and Norwich came in two weeks ago with a bid of £2m, £2.5m and then £3m. That's ridiculous for someone who is 23, has played in the Premier League and has become a regular international.

"When we've just got twice that for Tom Ince, it doesn't make sense. We paid £2.75m for Robbie and that was three years ago. He will not be going for anywhere near that."

Brady is one of a number of Irish internationals whose future is up in the air at the moment, with Shay Given's proposed move to Stoke City from Aston Villa expected to go through barring any hitches with his medical.

Bruce is keeping tabs on the circus building up around Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy.


Middlesbrough had a £4m bid rejected this week and Sheffield Wednesday have entered the frame as a buyer who are prepared to pay £4.5m. Murphy (32) is believed to be happy with his current employers after thriving under Mick McCarthy last term, scoring 27 times to finish as the Championship's top scorer. However, an offer in excess of £5m could alter the picture.

McCarthy's other Irish striker, David McGoldrick, has also been in the news this week yet it's understood that Derby are not actively pursuing a move for the 27-year-old.

Noel Hunt parted company with Ipswich in May after a short-term stint and he's now mulling over a possible relocation to the MLS with Chicago Fire.

Meanwhile, Ireland have jumped up eight places to 52nd in the FIFA rankings following their draws with England and Scotland. As expected, it still condemns Martin O'Neill's charges to fourth-seed status in the World Cup 2018 qualifying draw in St Petersburg later this month.

The FAI are looking for a new director of communications to replace Peter Sherrard who is taking over as the association's director of operations.

Irish Independent

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