Yesterday’s reports that Robbie Brady was the subject of a £9m+ bid from Crystal Palace may not spark the departure of the Irish international from Carrow Road.
I’ve read numerous other reports, mostly from the Irish press that suggest the deal could just be a ‘covering all the bases’ exercise from Palace. A example of that is this story in the Irish Times
Sam Allardyce has already spent £12m on Jeffrey Schlupp, a left sided wingback from Leicester and Palace are reportedly also in advanced talks over the signing of Sunderland’s left full back, Patrick van Aanholt.
The Irish Times report that a fee has been agreed between City and Palace for Brady but that the Eagles might just be hedging their bets in case the van Aanholt deal falls through. After all, surely Allardyce wouldn’t be in the market for three left sided wingbacks, would he?
Van Aanholt is a player that Big Sam knows very well from his time as Sunderland manager and it’s easy to see why he would want him at Palace. The interesting thing about all this is that the Irish Times think this may just spur Burnley into life and bring them back into the running for Brady.
The Clarets were reported by Sky Sports as having had a £10m bid for Robert Snodgrass accepted yesterday, a bid that was promptly matched by Middlesbrough and West Ham.
Although he is left footed, Snodgrass usually plays on the right wing, which suggests that if they are confident of staying up, Burnley may well be keen to add both players to their squad. It would certainly be a coup if they could pull off both deals and the bookies have still got the Clarets well in the running for Brady.
As for choosing a club, Brady may have a choice of Palace or Burnley, where his old pal Jeff Hendrick currently plays. If he looks at the table he may decide Turf Moor is a better bet of avoiding a third straight relegation in a row.