Saturday 24 August 2019

Premier League clubs are queuing up to sign Ireland hero Robbie Brady

Robbie Brady certainly enhanced his reputation at the Euros. Photo: Sportsfile
Robbie Brady certainly enhanced his reputation at the Euros. Photo: Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Four Premier League clubs are now reported to be interested in signing Ireland's Euro 2016 hero Robbie Brady.

Following his two goals and all-round good performances in France, Brady looks certain to leave relegated Norwich. Earlier this week, it was reported that he is on the brink of signing for Premier League champions Leicester in a £12m (€14.37m) deal.

Now, according to the Mirror in the UK, Southampton, Stoke and West Brom have joined the race for his signature. 

Brady was a shining star of Ireland’s Euro 2016 adventure in France, with his iconic winning goal against Italy securing progress to the last-16 of the competition and securing his place as a national hero in the process. 

Now Brady looks set to secure a quick-fire return to the Premier League, after he suffered relegation heartache with Norwich last May despite some impressive displays in English football’s top flight.

A move to Leicester would give the 24-year-old Dubliner a taste of Champions League football next season, with former Ireland defender Richard Dunne among those promoting his claims to a big move alongside fellow Ireland Euro 2016 star Jeff Hendrick.

Robbie Brady before the Euro 2016 Championships. Photo: Tony Gavin.
Robbie Brady before the Euro 2016 Championships. Photo: Tony Gavin.

“The hope for Hendrick and Brady is that their performances have been so good over the course of this tournament that it should push them on to the next level,” said Dunne.

“Top clubs should look at players like that. They know they can trust them. They have played in England, the know the leagues.

“The next step in their development is moving to a top club and that will be good for the Ireland team as well.”

Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle also believes Brady should be a Premier League player when the new season gets underway in August.

“Robbie has always had the talent and we saw that coming out during Euro 2016,” states Doyle. “He played in so many different roles during the tournament and looked comfortable in all of them.

“We need our players playing regular Premier League football and hopefully the exposure our lads got at Euro 2016 will alert some of the top English clubs to the talent we have in Ireland.”

Brady and Norwich have yet to comment on the reports of an imminent deal with Leicester, but the deal would appear to be a good fit for all parties.

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