By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa are plotting a £10million swoop for versatile Norwich ace Robbie Brady, according to a report.
The Sun claim the Midlands giants are ready to make a big January move for the Republic of Ireland international as manager Steve Bruce attempts to beef up his squad.
It is said that Villa are willing to offer Brady a lucrative £50,000-a-week contract to entice him to the Midlands during the January window.
If the player, who used to be with Bruce at Hull, pushes for a transfer, Norwich could then have to offer him a new deal or risk him being a frustrated figure at Carrow Road.
Former Manchester United youth Brady joined Norwich in the summer of 2015 and was a regular in the side that got relegated at the end of last season.
The 31-times-capped international, who can play at left midfield or left-back, has continued to flourish at Carrow Road and has scored three goals and supplied four assists in 19 matches for the club this season.
Villa are four places behind Norwich in the Championship but the gap is only two points and Bruce’s team are expected to make further reinforcements of the squad in the January window.
Football Insider verdict:
It is not hard to see why Bruce is ready to make a big play for Brady. The Republic of Ireland international is outstanding at Championship level and, at the age of 24, has the potential to get even better. He showed last season he can make an impact in the Premier League, which is where Villa want to be heading at the end of the season. Brady is not only a goalscoring left-sided midfielder, but can also fill in at left-back and offers versatility in addition to top-level quality. If Bruce can push the deal over the line, Villa will be landing themselves a top-notch operator.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club are close to making a permanent January transfer signing of a proven Premier League player.