Crystal Palace agree fee for Ireland's Robbie Brady

Boys in Green midfielder could now return to the Premier League

BY Raf Diallo 16:03 Wednesday 25 January 2017, 16:03 25 Jan 2017

Ireland's Robbie Brady at the end of the game ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

Ireland midfielder Robbie Brady could return to the Premier League as Crystal Palace agree a fee with his club Norwich City.

The versatile player, who scored two goals for Ireland at Euro 2016 including a famous headed winner against Italy to send the Boys in Green to the knockout stage, had been expected to leave Norwich last summer.

But a move did not materialise and he remained with the Canaries for the first half of this season.

However, there appears to be movement, with The Guardian's Dominic Fifield reporting that Premier League side Crystal Palace have agreed a fee of £9 million (€10.5 million) for the 25 year old.

Palace are struggling towards the bottom end of the Premier League this season.

The Eagles are currently in the relegation zone, sitting 18th after 22 games of the campaign.

After sacking Alan Pardew on December 22nd, they appointed former England boss Sam Allardyce as his replacement.

But they have not experienced the traditional "new manager bounce" of positive results that often follow the appointment of a new manager.

Since the appointment of Allardyce, Palace have drawn once and lost four times.

Brady's ability to fill in at left back, left wing and central midfield would give Allardyce more options.

Left back has been a problem position for the club since Pape Souare suffered a broken thighbone and jaw in a traffic accident in September.

Allardyce has made moves to strengthen that position by attempting to sign Dutch left back Patrick Van Aanholt from Sunderland for a fee reputed to be £12 million.

Brady has Premier League experience from his time at Hull City from 2013 and 2015 and his debut season at Norwich in 2015-16 when the Canaries finished 19th and were relegated.

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