There’s news coming out of London today that Crystal Palace are close to agreeing a deal for Norwich’ Irish winger Robbie Brady, but there is still competition from Burnley for the Irishman’s signature and they are still in the process of also trying to agree a deal with Norwich.
The Independent is reporting that Crystal Palace have agreed at least the structure of a deal, in which they would pay an initial £9M, with more money going to Norwich in the summer, should Palace survive in the Premier League this season.
Norwich had been holding out for £12M for Brady, but with the window having just 6 days to run, maybe they are keen to get some money in this month for their 31 times capped Irish International.
Andros Townsend scoring for Newcastle last season
One thing that may be in Burnley’s favor is that two of his Ireland International colleagues, Jeff Hendrick and Stephen Ward – are at Burnley and they are both urging him to sign for the Turf Moor club.
However, if Crystal Palace and Sam Allardyce do manage to strike a deal with Norwich and get Robbie Brady to Selhurst Park, then that could be potential good news for Newcastle.
Maybe Newcastle could finally negotiate a loan deal for Andros Townsend through the end of the season, since Andros will then be even further down the pecking order at the London club.
Palace would still prefer a straight transfer in January, but maybe a high loan fee of say £3M plus an extra payment of £7M in the summer could get the deal done for Newcastle?
That has to be the hope, with there also being problems of getting Swansea’s Modou Barrow to the club and in any case Townsend is Rafa’s first choice for a winger in this January transfer window.