By Amir Mir
Bournemouth have joined the race to sign Aston Villa target Robbie Brady, according to a report.
The Mirror claim in their transfer blog on Thursday (15: 08pm) that Villa manager Steve Bruce is trying to do a deal for Brady despite the £10million price tag slapped on him by Norwich.
It is said that the 25-year-old left-back, who can also play on the left wing, has told his club he wants to leave if a fee can be agreed with one of his suitors.
The possible transfer of the Republic of Ireland international has now taken another twist as Villa are joined by Premier League trio, Bournemouth, Burnley and Sunderland who are all interested in his signature.
Brady has played 24 matches in all competitions this season, 13 games on the left-hand side of midfield and 11 games at left-back.
During those matches for Alex Neil’s side, he has scored three goals and supplied five assists for the Championship promotion hopefuls.
Football Insider verdict:
Steve Bruce must strike a deal for Robbie Brady even if it means paying £10million to Norwich for his services. First of all, he would bring creativity, experience, attacking and defensive qualities to the side. Jordan Amavi is the only recognised left-back at the club after Bruce decided to loan out Aly Cissokho. Therefore, purchasing Brady would help the Midlands side have cover for the left-hand side of the defence. Not only that, one problematic area for Villa has been the left-wing with striker Jonathan Kodjia, versatile attacker Jordan Ayew and midfielders Leandro Bacuna and Jack Grealish utilised on that side this term. This has shown the trouble the club have had in finding a consistent performer for that position. Brady would help fill that void if he were to be signed.
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