By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa have lodged a “quick” bid for Norwich left-sided flyer Robbie Brady, according to a report.
The Sun claim the cash-rich Championship club have offered striker Ross Ross McCormack as a straight swap for Republic of Ireland international Brady.
It is said that Villa have proposed the one-on-one exchange as manager Steve Bruce steps up plans to strengthen his squad this week.
The Sun report that Villa are ready to tempt Brady with a £50,000-a-week contract offer to prise him away from Carrow Road.
It is a deal that would make the versatile 24-year-old, who can play at left-back or on the left wing, one of the best paid players in the second tier of English football.
It remains to be seen whether Norwich would be interested in parting with Brady in exchange for McCormack, who has turned 30 and has scored only three goals since Villa pipped Norwich to his signature last summer.
The Sun report that Crystal Palace are also interested in Brady and are willing to offer £10million in addition to Premier League football, while Leicester are keeping tabs on the situation.
But he faces tough competition from Crystal Palace who have been linked with a £10m move for Brady and can offer Premier League football.
Villa have tabled what is said to be a “quick” offer to fend off competition for the services of Brady, who has been a key attacking player for Norwich this season.
The Irishman has made 23 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and supplying five assists.
By contrast, McCormack has had a miserable time at Villa since his £12million transfer from Fulham last summer.
The Championship goal machine has fluffed his lines at Villa Park, scoring just three goals in 21 appearances from his secondary striker role.
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