Thursday 14 December 2017

Robbie Brady won't be going to Crystal Palace after they agree £14m fee for Patrick van Aanholt

Norwich's Robbie Brady. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images
Norwich's Robbie Brady. Photo: Stephen Pond/Getty Images
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Republic of Ireland international and Norwich defender Robbie Brady won't be joining Crystal Palace after Sam Allardyce's side agreed a fee which could rise to £14m to purchase Patrick van Aanholt from Sunderland.

Palace had identified Brady as a back-up if the Van Aanholt move fell through and had agreed a £9m fee with the Championship side but will abandon those plans after securing their main target.

The Eagles have been given permission to speak to the 26-year-old Dutchman, who had submitted a transfer request, and he will now travel to London in a bid to push through his move.

Black Cats chief executive Martin Bain said: "If a player openly states he does not want to play for our club, then it is clear that we have a decision to make. In this instance and in regard to this particular player, we have done what we feel is right for Sunderland, which will always be our priority."

The news that Van Aanholt wanted to leave will have come as a blow to manager David Moyes, who had seen his only specialist left-back score three times this season.

However, once it became clear that he was on his way out of Wearside, the club turned its attention to finding a replacement and it is understood the Black Cats are maintaining an interest in Bordeaux's Diego Contento, who is available on loan.

Burnley are now the favourites to secure Brady's signature and are in negotiations with Norwich over a deal that could be worth as much as £12m.

The Canaries are keen to sign defensive cover before sanctioning Brady's exit, with the Dutch duo of Mitchell Dijks and Marvin Zeegelaar reported to be on the wish-list of under-pressure Canaries boss Alex Neil.

Norwich sold their Swedish defender Martin Olsson to Swansea earlier this month and Brady may not be allowed to make his move back to the Premier League until a replacement is secured.

Burnley are still the favourites to sign Brady if he is given permission to leave Norwich this month, in a move that would see him linking up with his Irish colleagues Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick at Turf Moor.

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