In Focus: Burnley move for £13m star would give them left flank edge

As reported by The Daily Mail, Burnley are ready to break their club record for an incoming transfer to bring Norwich’s star midfielder Robbie Brady to Turf Moor.

What’s the story?

Norwich seem determined to hold onto Republic of Ireland star Brady but as the value of offers keeps increasing, how long can they remain stubborn?

The Mail report Burnley’s latest offer, their third so far, is more than the £10.5m they paid to bring Brady’s international teammate Jeff Hendrick to the club from Derby County.

It’s a deal that could total £13m and may force Norwich to sell despite Alex Neil being desperate to hold onto his man for the Canaries’ Championship play-off hopes.

Why Brady?

The Ireland international is a versatile left sided player and can not only excel in an attacking winger capacity, but slot into Burnley’s left-back position.

Stephen Ward is a dependable hand at the back for Burnley but could use competition and players like George Boyd haven’t been very effective further forward. It’s that versatility that will be attractive to Sean Dyche but Brady has plenty of qualities beyond that.

He’s scored 3 and assisted 3 more in the Championship this season despite playing almost half of his games from the left-back position.

His crossing ability is exceptional on his day, as is finishing ability, as shown by his starring role for the Republic of Ireland in Euro 2016. He scored two goals in the tournament including the winner in a 1-0 victory over Italy.

It’s that match winning quality that is valuable to Premier League clubs. Brady of course has plenty of experience in the top-flight, spending the 3 seasons previous to this one at Hull and Norwich in the division.