Friday 15 December 2017

Foxes in hunt for Brady but face Allardyce competition for Irish ace

Robbie Brady. Photo: Getty Images
Robbie Brady. Photo: Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Leicester City could offer Robbie Brady a chance to figure in the knockout stages of the Champions League as they weigh up the possibility of a January move to sign the Dubliner - but they will face competition for his signature.

Claudio Ranieri was keen to recruit the versatile Norwich man last summer in the wake of his excellent performances at Euro 2016, but the Championship club were reluctant to sell and placed a £20m price tag on his head.

However, Norwich have suffered a disappointing first half to their season and are understood to be open to selling Brady for a figure in the region of £12m as they seek to raise funds.

Leicester have renewed their interest, yet it's believed that any move is dependent on Jeffrey Schlupp heading out the exit door to make room for a new arrival.

The Irishman would be eligible feature in the last 16 of the Champions League with the Foxes due to lock horns with Sevilla.

Brady (24) is likely to have other offers, with Crystal Palace boss Sam Allardyce already confirming his interest.

Swansea and Burnley have also been mentioned as possible destinations, along with Championship rivals Aston Villa and Newcastle.

Brady joined Norwich from Hull 18 months ago but was disappointed when a move away failed to materialise before the close of the August window. He could have more luck in the January equivalent.

Uncertainty also surrounds the next move for another highly-touted Irish talent, with Blackburn boss Owen Coyle indicating that Jack Byrne will be returning to Manchester City this month after a fruitless loan spell.

The playmaker impressed with Cambuur in Holland last term but the Irish U-21 midfielder has not featured for Blackburn since September, with Coyle preferring other options.

"I have had dialogue with City over Jack Byrne who we know is a very talented player," said Coyle.

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