Robbie Brady relishing linking with ‘Wessi’ at Norwich

Winger Robbie Brady revealed he contacted Republic of Ireland team-mate Wes Hoolahan before agreeing a move to Norwich.

Dubliner Brady is back in the Premier League after completing his move to Carrow Road last night for an undisclosed fee, believed to be in the region of £7 million (€10 million).

Brady has left relegated Hull to link up with the newly-promoted Canaries on a three-year deal. The 23-year-old is Norwich boss Alex Neil’s third recruit following the arrivals of Graham Dorrans and Youssouf Mulumbu.

“I’m delighted to here with Wes, and hopefully we can link up well together to help the team,” said Brady last night.

“I spoke to him before I came and he assured me everything would be fine. Nobody knows this place better than him, so I’m sure he’ll be the man to go and see.” Brady has made 43 appearances in the Premier League over the last two seasons, and has been capped 13 times by Ireland.

“I’m absolutely buzzing; it dragged on for a bit but I’m glad it’s over the line now and I can’t wait to get started,” he told the Norwich club website.

“The feeling of being wanted is something I’m so grateful to the manager for, and to everyone who’s been behind it. It’s another chance to play at the highest level, which is where everyone wants to be.”

Brady could make his debut for his new club in a friendly against Brentford on Saturday.“If the manager puts me in, then I’ll be ready,” he said.

Neil told the Canaries’ official website: “I’m really pleased to sign Robbie. As everyone’s aware, we’ve been chasing him for quite a while. He’s dynamic, he’s got good energy to get up and down the pitch, and he’s got a fantastic left foot which makes him a real danger at set-pieces.”

Elsewhere Southampton confirmed the loan signing of QPR defender Steven Caulker. The 23-year-old centre-back will spend the 2015-16 campaign at St Mary’s, though the deal is not with a view to a permanent move.

Saints moved for Caulker, who has one England cap to his name, to fill the defensive void left by Toby Alderweireld’s move to Tottenham and a serious knee injury sustained by Florin Gardos.

Meanwhile Slaven Bilic insists West Ham have not given up on completing a permanent deal for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song. Former Arsenal star Song will miss three months with ankle trouble, leaving the ex-Cameroon midfielder haggling with the Hammers over the length of a permanent contract. Song spent last season on loan at Upton Park, and Barcelona are ready to let him return on a free transfer — but new West Ham boss Bilic admitted talks are ongoing with the 27-year-old.

West Ham face Romanian outfit Astra Giurgiu at Upton Park tonight in the Europa League as their marathon pre-season continues apace.

Bilic again admitted frustration with the packed schedule brought about by an unexpected Europa League qualification bid. West Ham face their 10th game of the pre-season already this evening — with two more to follow after that before they start their Premier League campaign with a testing trip to Arsenal on August 9.

Former Hammers defender Bilic vowed he will not allow his side’s lengthy run-up to the league season to account for any fatigue. “It’s not ideal, but there’s no point moaning or saying it again, we just have to cope with the situation,” he said.

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