Transfer talks are ongoing between Norwich City and ‘other clubs’ about the sale of Robbie Brady, said Alex Neil when he spoke last night with Paddy Davitt of the Pink ‘Un
Neil spoke to Paddy after watching his side concede a 92nd minute goal from Shane Long as City tumbled out of the FA Cup at Southampton.
Having already sold Martin Olsson this week, it seems the City manager is expecting one more departure from his squad before he can bring in reinforcements – that is looking increasingly likely to be Robbie Brady.
Speculation around the future of the Irish international has been rife of late with a hatful of club’s including Burnley and Sunderland all named in the national press as being keen.
“There have been negotiations that are on-going and contact from other clubs,” said Neil. “I am not going to be specific about who that is or how much we are talking about. There has been dialogue. With Robbie I wouldn`t expect anything to happen soon because it is not at those levels. It will be our timescale and on our terms.
“We have already said at the start of the window depending on who goes out is what will dictate the players we bring in. I know Martin Olsson has gone now but I still think there is a bit of movement to happen. I think there will potentially be one more out and then we can hopefully shuffle the squad a little bit.”
Neil also confirmed that he has not bid for Barnsley’s Angus McDonald, as reported yesterday in several local and national news outlets.
I have to say that if Brady does leave then I’d rather it be him to go than Timm Klose. We have players who can play on the left wing, which is where he should be playing and provided we get cover at left back, I don’t see him as any big loss.
His performances this season have been nothing special and if City can raise the reported £13m that the club value him at then I’ll be happy.
It’s worth pointing out though that just 12 days remain in the transfer window, what’s the betting that we leave it till the eleventh hour?