Robbie Brady deal could trigger Norwich City transfer burst
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Robbie Brady's capture could trigger a busy transfer spell for Norwich City ahead of the Premier League kick-off.
Alex Neil cautioned a deal was still to be finalised after watching City sign off their tour of Austria and Germany with a 2-1 friendly win over FC Augsburg on Saturday – for a fee reported as £7m on Humberside – but the Republic of Ireland international's move from relegated Hull is poised to be confirmed on Monday.
Steve Bruce was forced to admit defeat in his attempts to hold onto the 23-year-old, who was left out of Hull's pre-season trip to Austria over the weekend, after Brady made it clear he wanted to stay in the Premier League.
'The two clubs have agreed a fee for Robbie,' said Bruce, speaking after Hull's 0-0 friendly against Hannover on Sunday night. 'We have given Robbie permission to go and speak to Norwich. I envisage that deal to go through. I want to thank Robbie for his efforts as he has been a terrific player for us.
'It's sad to see him go but most people will understand that when you get relegated these things happen. When Norwich were relegated last season, we got Robert Snodgrass. They are doing the reverse this year and they have taken one of our good players. And he is a good player, and we wish him the best of luck.'
Neil confirmed after City's friendly victory in Prien he would like to add three to four new faces, with the Norwich boss touted with Liverpool's Rickie Lambert after pulling out of a deal for Celta Vigo striker Joaquin Larrivey.
'I think there has been a lot of speculation surrounding us and players,' he said. 'Rickie Lambert was tagged with us maybe two or three weeks ago now and then it went quiet and it crept back up again. At the moment it is just speculation.
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'I think having added Graham Dorrans and (Youssouf) Mulumbu if I could add another three or four I would be pleased. Over the course of the start of this week onwards we would like to hopefully do a couple more bits of business.'