Aston Villa legend Paul McGrath can't understand why club didn't move for Robbie Brady in the summer

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The winger joined Norwich City from Hull City in the summer.

Republic of Ireland will be going to France next summer for the European Championships - with Norwich City winger Robbie Brady playing a vital role in the nation's qualification.

The midfielder joined Norwich in the summer from relegated side Hull City for a fee reported by ITV to be in the region of £7 million.

His form has been excellent for Ireland and with the Canaries and one Aston Villa legend cannot believe his former club did not move for the player in the summer.

Paul McGrath, like Brady, was a Republic of Ireland defender who played the early part of his career with Manchester United.

But he is best known for his seven year stint with Aston Villa after switching Old Trafford for Villa Park in 1989.

The defender has been writing in the Sunday World this week and he had this to say about Brady:

"Robbie Brady, who has bounced back from the crushing disappointment of being dumped by Manchester United after years in their youth system, to build a good career for himself.

"As someone who still has a big place in his heart for Aston Villa, I have to wonder why the club was not in for Robbie when he left Hull after their relegation last May.

"He is just the sort of player they lack right now and has turned out to be a great buy for Norwich City and is growing into a good international player."

There is no doubt that Brady could have been a good signing for Villa. They lack natural width and his vicious delivery would certainly have provided Rudy Gestede with some ammunition.

With Jordan Amavi now out injured he could have also done a job at left-back - a place he has played when called upon in the past.

Brady would have been a good buy from Villa, but they had their hearts set on plundering Ligue 1 at Villa Park this summer and might have missed a great option that was right under their noses.

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