The summer of 2016 is one which Robbie Brady, 24, won’t forget in a hurry.
His winner against Italy fired the Republic of Ireland into the last sixteen at Euro 2016. For almost an hour, his second minute penalty fuelled the dreams of a nation before reality interrupted as hosts France came recovered to win 2–1 and head for a quarter-final clash with England or Iceland.
Those two goals meant Brady joined Robbie Keane as the only Irishman to score more than once in an international tournament.
Capping it all, surprise Premier League champions Leicester City, have come knocking at his door. Making the move permanent would bring a fairy tale end to a disappointing domestic campaign which saw Norwich City return to the Championship after just one season in the top flight.
Brady began his career at Manchester United but failed to make an impression on the first team. After eighteen months on loan at Hull City, the Tigers made the deal permanent and he spend another 2½ years with Steve Bruce on Humberside before making a £7m move to Carrow Road.
He scored just three times as Norwich struggled for goals last season and were relegated. Having suffered the same fate with Hull City the season before, Brady would argue he’s due a bit of luck.
Talks between Leicester and Norwich are said to be progressing well with the Foxes given permission to negotiate with the player’s representatives in the hope a deal can be completed quickly.
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