The Brady link
It’s January, that time of year when football clubs get linked with one player after the other as the transfer window swings open.
This particular window is now almost half way through and as can be seen from the list of Premier League signings there haven’t been many gone through yet, at the time of writing just 12 in total with two of those, Cohen Bramall (Arsenal) and Mikael Soisalo (Middlesbrough), development squad acquisitions.
I’ve watched with interest over the past couple of weeks when there have been a good number of players I’ve seen us linked with. It’s gone from the easy ones such as Dale Stephens and Kamil Grosicki, two players we tried to sign in the summer, through to a couple of intriguing ones in PSV’s Luciano Narsingh, who yesterday signed for Swansea, to Japanese full back Yuto Nagatomo who is currently with Inter Milan.
The window is both fun and frustrating and everything in between. If we are linked with a player little is known of then it is of to YouTube to find out more but if it is a player considered potentially a good signing then the excitement builds.
That was the case yesterday when Norwich’s Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady had apparently become subject of a bid from us. He’s been linked with a few clubs in the last week or so, notably Leicester, so I initially, like most, dismissed it as mere speculation.
Maybe it is but as the day went on there were more suggestions that it was more than a passing interest for the Clarets and Sean Dyche who has already raided the Republic of Ireland squad once since our promotion with the capture of Jeff Hendrick from Derby.
Hendrick, it is being suggested, could be a trump card in all of this, he and Brady are big mates of long standing and, who knows, he might just have had a word to tell him how good life is at Turf Moor, just as Stephen Ward did with the Hendrick signing.
Brady, like Hendrick, played for St. Kevin’s Boys in Dublin before moving to Manchester United in 2008 at the age of 16, but it was for Hull he made a first team debut in 2011 when he joined them on loan, lining up for them in a 1-0 home defeat against Blackpool in August 2011. He enjoyed two loans there before making the move permanent in January 2013 and he remained with Hull until their relegation at the end of 2014/15 when he signed for newly promoted Norwich.
He’s played against Burnley a few times but the last of them is one I recall, at Hull in May 2015. We won the game 1-0 with a Danny Ings goal but Brady, who will celebrate his 25th birthday tomorrow, was their best player on the day and twice hit the woodwork with superbly struck free kicks.
Our one signing this month has been Joey Barton, who returned to the club after a difficult time in Scotland with Rangers. Will we sign Brady? Will we sign anyone?
Sean Dyche was giving nothing away yesterday when quizzed by the media. He said: “We try and do any business we are attempting to do as privately as we can. I just think it is respectful to all parties and if information goes out then very rarely is it us that gets any information out, we just try to be respectful of the situation.
“There are some things going on at the moment. When they are ready for the press then they’ll come out but there’s no point in giving you stories on things that are not ready to be stories.”
After joking with the media, he added: “There’s some calls being made. There’s a few situations that have got a chance, but that’s all it is, a chance.”
So for now we can continue speculating with this morning’s press suggesting that both us and Leicester have made bids for Brady.Follow UpTheClarets:
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