Thursday 23 November 2017

Palace agree £9m fee for Brady

Crystal Palace have surged ahead in the race to sign Robbie Brady. Photo: Sportsfile
Crystal Palace have surged ahead in the race to sign Robbie Brady. Photo: Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Crystal Palace have taken pole position in the race to sign Robbie Brady after agreeing a fee with Norwich for the Ireland international.

But Burnley remain firmly in the picture, with the 25-year-old's future set to be resolved before the close of the transfer window.

New Palace boss Sam Allardyce was the first manager to publicly express an interest in capturing Brady in this transfer window, but the signing of left-sided player Jeffrey Schlupp from Leicester suggested they had plugged a gap.

However, Allardyce is still looking to strengthen that area and was reported to be close to finalising a move for Sunderland left-back Patrick Van Aanholt.

Yet they remain interested in picking up the versatile Brady and have satisfied Norwich with a £9m bid that would rise substantially if the Londoners avoid relegation.

Norwich's asking price was understood to be £12m and the add-ons would bring Palace's offer into that territory.

Sunderland, Leicester and Burnley are also keen to recruit the Dubliner and the latter seemed to be in the strongest position, with Irish team-mates Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward urging him to come on board.

Brady would still have to agree terms with Palace before any move is completed and that leaves open the door for the other parties to stay in the race.

And Burnley are expected to make another push.

Palace are third from bottom in the table and firmly locked in a relegation battle, whereas Burnley are in mid-table. Brady suffered back-to-back demotions with Hull and Norwich.

Irish Independent

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