Sunday 8 December 2019

Robbie Brady could link up with childhood pal again as Burnley enter race to sign Ireland star

Jeff Hendrick, right, with team mate Robbie Brady
Jeff Hendrick, right, with team mate Robbie Brady
Robbie Brady Photo: Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Robbie Brady could be reunited with childhood pal Jeff Hendrick at Burnley after the Clarets entered the race to sign the Ireland international from Norwich this month.

Leicester and Crystal Palace are the front-runners to bring Brady back to the Premier League with the Championship side willing to sell for a figure in the region of £12m.

But Burnley have entered the equation and reports in England claim they have already registered a first bid for the 24-year-old.

A move to Turf Moor would pair him up with Hendrick, his old team-mate at St Kevin's Boys. They came up through the ranks together and went on to play alongside each other with Ireland at all the age groups up to senior level.

Leicester's interest in Brady revolves around completing the sale of left winger Jeffrey Schlupp. He is high on Crystal Palace's agenda as they look to bring in a left-sided player, a search that has also led Sam Allardyce to enquire about Brady with a willingness to pay £10m falling short of Norwich's evaluation.

Elsewhere, Wales boss Chris Coleman has delivered a positive update on the fitness of Gareth Bale which suggests the Real Madrid star will be available for March's World Cup qualifier with Ireland at the Aviva Stadium - a match that Brady will miss through suspension.

Bale is on the sidelines with an ankle problem and Spanish media initially stated that Wales' key man would be out of the picture until April.

However, Coleman is hearing good reports about his progress. "It's so far so good, no problem, nothing to worry about, there are no problems," he said.

"There are no alarm bells ringing. We still have a bit of time left and fingers crossed. I will pop out and see him for a few days, but that was always planned. We try and do that once a season."

Martin O'Neill showed his regard for Bale by voting for him as FIFA Player of the Year.

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