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David Moyes reveals how Robbie Brady snubbed Sunderland advances as anxious deadline day looms for Dubliner

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Will Robbie Brady be a Premier League player by 11pm tonight?

It's the question on the mind of every Irish fan as we head into the intriguing chaos that is Deadline Day.

Sunderland manager David Moyes revealed yesterday that the 25-year-old had turned down a move to the Stadium of Light.

“I’ve tried for one or two others, so to say I’m only going for players I know is not true,” said Moyes, who is also working again with Jack Rodwell, a player he sold at Everton to Manchester City for £14m. “It’s actually the players who have been available and have said, “Yeah, I’ll have a go at that”.

“We tried for the boy at Norwich (Robbie Brady) and he said 'no'. There were others as well, but people have said 'no'."

Burnley are favourites to land the Dubliner's services in a deal worth £13m but anything can happen and the surprise that was created by his failure to secure a move last summer could be replicated.

Clarets boss Sean Dyche confirmed yesterday that he expected to be busy in the transfer market today.

"There are a couple of pending situations that have been there for a bit now, but still haven't quite got done," said the Burnley boss.

"Things are more or less there but they have to be signed off - and they have to be agreed in totality.

"It's difficult, there's no two ways about it. We have never said it's a walk in the park and it's not always about money.

"We'll see if we can get them over the line."

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