Widespread reports today, have seen Newcastle United linked with Robbie Brady.

Norwich City are said to have put a £12m price tag on his head and Newcastle are one of the clubs that have supposedly registered their interest.

With two defeats in the last three matches and four failures to score in 90 minutes in four of the last nine games, the perception of some is that Newcastle need to recruit extra options to create and score goals.

Possibly too much reliance on Dwight Gayle to score goals and Jonjo Shelvey to unpick the opposition defences.

Like all transfer stories you treat this one with scepticism but in any case, is Robbie Brady any better than what Newcastle have already got?

When it comes to Championship stats, Brady has scored three goals and also got three assists for Norwich this season.

This compares/contrasts to these Newcastle Championship stats of Matt Ritchie (four goals & six assists), Yoan Gouffran (four goals & three assists) and Christian Atsu with three goals and no assists, although he has only started six league matches.

In fact, if you look back at the Robbie Brady stats, he only scored three goals for Norwich last season in the Premier League and none for Hull the season before. In fact Brady has never scored more than three league goals in any season – Premier League or Championship.

Maybe Robbie Brady could offer Newcastle something a little different but at £12m you would find it hard to call it value for money unless he increased his end product.

Yet another example of how the transfer market is becoming ever harder to deal with?