Norwich City transfer rumours: Robbie Brady linked with January return to the Premier League under Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace

Robbie Brady remains a Norwich City player, despite interest from other clubs. Picture by Paul Chest

Robbie Brady remains a Norwich City player, despite interest from other clubs. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Norwich City’s Republic of Ireland international Robbie Brady has been linked with a January return to the Premier League – and with becoming one of the first signings for new Crystal Palace manager Sam Allardyce.

According to national reports, Allardyce has earmarked strengthening the left-side of his Eagles squad – with Brady said to be high on the wish list of the former England boss.

A left-back is the speculated priority but with Wilfried Zaha due to be on duty for Ivory Coast in next month’s Africa Cup of Nations, Brady’s ability to play higher up the pitch could make him even more tempting.

Brady joined City from Hull for a protracted £7m move in the summer of 2015, as an Alex Neil upgrade on Bradley Johnson following Premier League promotion.

He also impressed for Republic of Ireland during this summer’s European Championships in France, but after speculation linking the 24-year-old with a top-flight return following the Canaries’ relegation – plus a reported £20m price tag – Brady had to settle for helping Norwich battle out of the Championship.

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With City’s promotion hopes now in disarray, the future of Brady and some of his City team-mates may be up for discussion once again, as the January transfer window opens next week.

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