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Southampton eye free summer transfer of Celtic target Robbie Brady

According to the Mirror (27/7, 15:27), Southampton are keeping close tabs on Robbie Brady after Burnley released the midfielder.

The Clarets announced on Thursday that Brady will be leaving Turf Moor once his contract expires next month. The 29-year-old spent four-and-a-half years with Sean Dyche’s side after joining from Norwich City in January 2017.

He scored six times and offered nine assists in 87 appearances across all competitions. But Brady was also plagued by injuries, with a knee injury keeping the Republic of Ireland international out for almost a year.

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A range of issues again kept Brady out for parts of the 2020/21 season, including a recurrence of an Achilles problem sustained in March that brought an end to his campaign.

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Brady may now be offered the chance to stay in the Premier League with Southampton one of three clubs closely monitoring his situation.

Watford are also keen on the versatile midfielder following their promotion as Championship runners-up. The Hornets and Saints could face competition from Crystal Palace, as well, while Celtic may offer a move to Scotland with interest widespread.

Brady believes he has overcome his injury problems and would be fit for any potential new challenge.

“I feel in a good place physically and mentally and I’m ready for a new challenge ahead now,” he told Burnley’s club website.

TBR’s view: Southampton should steer clear of Brady

Brady will represent an interesting option for some clubs to target in the summer as he prepares for an uncertain future as a free agent. Southampton should steer clear, however.

The 57-cap international would be a constant flight risk at St. Mary’s having not stayed injury-free since sustaining his serious knee injury in December 2017.

Since then, the 29-year-old has only played in at most eight consecutive Premier League fixtures and will be expected to face similar fitness issues next term.

Brady admits he neared his peak before being sidelined for the best part of a year, too. A point he has yet to rediscover despite Burnley boss Dyche knowing his potential.

“Like Johann [Berg Gudmundsson], he’s had a lot of niggles, but I thought his energy was good,” Dyche said, via Burnley Express, last December. “[He showed] moments of real quality – we know he’s got that – he nearly finds [Chris] Woody with a superb pass through the middle of their two centre-halves first half, along with scoring a fine goal [against Everton].”

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