Watford are considering a move to bring Robbie Brady to Vicarage Road this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Mirror (via Football League World), who claim that the Hornets could make a move for the Burnley midfielder in the coming weeks, as the 29-year-old is set to leave Turf Moor at the end of his current contract – which expires next month.
It is also reported that Crystal Palace and Southampton are keen on the Republic of Ireland international, as well as Scottish Premiership side Celtic.
Having joined Burnley from Norwich City in what was a club record £13m deal back in 2017, it would be fair to say that Brady has not quite lived up his price tag over his four years with Sean Dyche’s side.
This season, the £33k-per-week left midfielder made 19 Premier League appearances for the Clarets, scoring one goal, registering one assist and creating two big chances, as well as taking an average of 0.8 shots and making just 12.8 passes per game.
And, while the man Joe Dudgeon claimed has “something special” can also operate from left-back, a position in which Watford will be looking to strengthen this summer following the departure of Achraf Lazaar, his returns for Burnley, in addition to a quite frankly shocking injury record, would seem to indicate that a move for the midfielder would not be worthwhile for Cristiano Giaretta to get over the line in the coming weeks, even on a free transfer.
Indeed, when taking into account his hefty weekly wage, poor fitness history and disappointing performances, there would very much appear to be better a great many better options for the Watford sporting director to target this summer, as he looks to build a side capable of retaining their status in the top flight come the end of next season.