Newcastle eye £12m-rated international midfielder - report
By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle are one of several clubs interested in Norwich midfielder Robbie Brady, according to a report.
The Mirror has named the north east giants alongside Aston Villa, Leicester, Crystal Palace, Burnley and Swansea as being keen on the 24-year-old.
The report states that the Canaries are hoping to raise funds by selling the 31-time capped Republic of Ireland international in January.
However, it is also stated that Norwich want at least £12million for their versatile left sided player.
The East Anglian side have reduced their asking price from the £20million they were demanding in the summer.
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But, Hull’s 25 per cent sell-on clause means that Norwich are still asking for a fair amount for their player.
Brady has played in 23 matches for Alex Neil’s team this season with a return of three goals and five assists.
He can play across the left flank and has featured mainly at left-midfield this season, while also covering at left-back when Martin Olsson is unavailable.
The international player is contracted until 2018, meaning that his value is expected to plummet in the summer as he enters the final year of his deal.
Meanwhile, Newcastle may now be looking to upgrade their left side, which is made up of Paul Dummett and Yoan Gouffran.
Football Insider verdict:
Brady is a quality player of much experienced and would provide a solid acquisition to any side in the Championship. Newcastle currently sit in second with six points separating them from the third placed Reading. It is thought that if Rafa Benitez gets his January signings correct then the Toon will earn an instant return to the Premier League. The signing of Brady would certainly be a step in the right direction and the sum of £12million would soon be cancelled out by the Premier League’s millions. However, with all the other clubs interested in Brady the north east giants must now move quickly for their man.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies have agreed a transfer deal for this defender.