Norwich fans have reacted to the news that Jacob Murphy is set to move to Newcastle.

An offer of £8m was reported for the player on Monday, with then Tuesday bringing claims that Rafa Benitez had insisted Newcastle put in a bigger bid after the original one was rejected.

Thursday has seen the Chronicle say their information is that Crystal Palace have been rejected by the player, with Newcastle fan Jacob Murphy wanting to play for the team he supports and where he has family roots.

Sky Sports then revealed that the 22 year old midfielder’s representatives are talking to both Newcastle and Norwich to try and push a deal through.

Interesting to see what the Norwich fans say, with a mixture of comments below.

Though the defining thing appears to be that none of them see him as being worth Newcastle’s original £8m bid.

You always get one though….and check out the comment below where somebody talks about the fickle (yawn yawn) Newcastle fans, some of who supposedly wanted Rafa Benitez out towards the end of last season, yes that’ll be right…

Norwich fans comment via their main Pink Un message board:

‘Talk of Jacob to Newcastle, I fear it’s not the player’s best interests that are being served.

After all the years of hard work, to leave just as the platform to bring the best out of him and Josh is being put in place doesn’t seem to make much footballing sense for anyone.

But if the quite understandable wish for a secure financial future makes it inevitable that he moves on now, why on earth Newcastle?

He can do much better for himself and, if all parties are patient and hold their nerve, our club can reasonably expect to hugely increase his value in the coming season, with his personal rewards similarly raised.’

‘Newcastle wouldn’t be a bad move for Murphy to be honest. He isn’t going to get game time at clubs in the top 6/7/8 and Newcastle is a huge club to play for.

Rafa is pretty good with young players and if Jacob did particularly well there then he could potentially find himself in with a shout at England.

Reports from Newcastle today suggest they are tabling a £10m final ‘take it or leave it offer’ but Norwich still want more.

If Jacob kicks off I suspect he will be gone, if not then he’ll probably remain for the rest of the season – I can’t see anyone going north of £10m for him at the moment.’

‘I’ve never heard this before……

“The 22-year-old who is known to be a boyhood Newcastle United fan”

“With Murphy a Newcastle United fan….”

Is it True?

If it is then I think it increases the chance of him leaving in this window.’

‘Interesting that he is ‘known’ to be a Newcastle fan – he’s been with us years and years and it seems it wasn’t something we were aware of until today!

Tbh if the money is right I’d sell and use the money to get reinforcements for the defence: we have plenty of goals in our side whether or not Jacob is here.’

‘£10m and Dwight Gayle, would snap their hands off.’

‘Norwich are (allegedly) holding out for £15 million — I believe that’s about the price we should look to sell, nothing less.’

‘If the player wants to leave the deal will happen. £10-12m, with a sell on clause as a sweetener.’

‘Blimey, and they say having Academy A is an expensive luxury.

Such a sale would finance it for years.’

‘10m take it or leave it apparently.

Leave it I reckon. We seem to be financially stable now and only need to accept offers that are of great benefit to us. You only need to look at the incredibly bloated prices being thrown around in the Prem to see how easy it is to sell someone for vastly more than they are worth.

I say we stay firm with whatever our valuation is. Claims Newcastle will look elsewhere if we reject 10m, let them look elsewhere. Either we keep one of our best talents, or Newcastle struggle to sign anyone else and end up paying our asking price.’

‘He’s on a new 4 yr contract, don’t need to sell, but if they offer £16 mill think we should take it and reinvest.

Looked good in patches last year but wouldn’t say I’d be gutted if he left.’

‘I suppose the season ahead can be viewed as our last throw of the dice.

We have parachutes and players on board who have Premier League experience and the likes of Jacob Murphy.

We could therefore do with hanging on to the player in order to give us a better chance to succeed, even though I feel that his potential impact has been unrealistically enhanced by the week.

If we fail then it would seem inevitable that he would want to go and £10m would surely be massive for us.

One more season then Jacob … perleeese.

Let’s not forget Joshua in this context. He fit the walls of Jericho after all so he should easily fit into his brother’s place (if he does’t already at times.)’

‘Asked to leave according to some Newcastle journalist.

Well this changes things unfortunately. Hopefully we can get between 12m-15m.’

‘If we’re talking of the player’s best interests then the likes of Southampton have a much better record of developing young talent which then moves on to the top sides.

I’ve been going to St James’ on and off since Fairs Cup winning year (it’s often easy to get tickets there) and the consistent feature of their shouty fans for much of that time has been a misplaced sense of entitlement which even led some of them to ** off Rafa (the best thing to happen to them since Keegan’s Entertainers) when they had a wobble towards the end of last season.

It’s a fantastic ground to be in when things are going well, but by comparison if anyone thinks the Snakepit can be harsh critics they’ve lived a very sheltered life.

As for £10m, I’m sure they they’re trying it on at the sweety shop and know it. Of course it could work for Jacob, he’s got the goods, it’s more likely to happen somewhere else though. If we’re talking of the club’s best interests remember what was offered for him at the start of last season.’

‘If he does go then the fans need to let Delia know how they feel, no not happy clapping, just as we did when Chase sold the family jewels!’

‘I think £10 million paid up front will be too tempting for the club to turn down in our current financial situation – be nice if we could hold out for a bit more but would help finance a decent defender or two maybe – after all we’ve still got the other Murphy.’

‘If you’d told me this time last year Jacob would be the twin being touted for a £10M+ transfer to the PL I would have laughed.

He did have a decent season last year but Josh has as much potential, so I for one would be OK with us selling Jacob and reinvesting at the back where we still need more quality.

We have several options with other good young players in Jacob’s position and he wants the move so get on with it and let’s move on.’

‘If he goes, it will be because he engineered the move.

So much for player contracts.

Asking his agent to make the deal happen has also ensured the price paid will be far more to Newcastle’s liking than Norwich’s.

15m was a fair asking price, no doubt it will be much closer to 10m.

Will this galvanise Josh, or have an adverse effect on his development?’

‘Well, given that he’s barely a year into a 4-year contract (one he was more than happy to sign) you do feel we hold a fair few cards, whether or not his head’s been turned.

I’m certainly not averse to cashing in, but the price has to be right for us – and for me, the figure quoted isn’t enough so they will have to go higher despite their apparent ‘take it or leave it’ stance. They have a reported £100m for transfers this summer so it isn’t as though they are short.’



  • Soldier

    the inactivity in transfers leads me to believe they are trying to force Rafa out

    • anyobrien

      whye aye man…get a grip

      • Soldier

        your use of the English language is appalling, or you’re as thick as a brick

        • justchampion

          Where is the capital Y and full stop?

          • TheFatController

            The Independent today ran an article on how difficult PL clubs are finding the market due to ludicrous fees quoted.

            Inevitably the whole market is slow – they claim only Everton have made anywhere near the progress hoped for.

            They didn’t bother mentioning that Newcastle are the only club happy with this situation as they’re the only club who want to force their successful and highly popular manager out.

            Of course, if we wanted to we could pay £16m for Murphy right now. So the fact we haven’t means they want Rafa our. It’s obvious.

          • RON

            NUFC wake up & smell the coffee . Clubs are having to pay inflated prices for some quite frankly average players . So bite the bullet & pay the asking price . Perhaps giving Norwich one of our many cast offs to sweeten the deal .

        • anyobrien

          But of both wor kid like

    • Scottpaige

      Not another one…… have a word with yourself

  • Paul Busby

    “take it or leave it”, if this is true then the arrogance in our negotiation approach is infuriating. No surprise we struggle then end up with duds in transfer windows with this kind of attitude.

  • o dear

    The take it or leave comment. make sound like Norwich are wanting to sell and put him up for offer. Norwich should say here is the selling price take it or leave the table. £12.5 would be enough, seen his brother and looks the better bet to me .

  • Steven05

    There’s nothing I can do to change others opinion of us fickle daft Geordies etc

    I hope Norwich take one of the promotion places

    I don’t know anything about this player but if Rafa wants him, then I hope we get him. Why not offer a fair price plus our Murphy (who I like) or Colback (who might do an ok job in the championship, maybe better than he did for us)?

    • MadMag83

      Yeah throw in a player we don’t need but can do a job at that level. Win win all round.

  • Rich Lawson

    ”We didn’t know he was a Newcastle fan” well no you wouldn’t shout it while playing for another team,we’ve only just found out Rooney wears Everton P’J’s (soft git)

  • Down Under Mag

    Maybe we want both twins but figure we can entice one to put a transfer request in by signing up the other? Nothing would surprise me. But I agree on the despair with teh “take it or leave it” mentality. I know we need to be tough but not arrogant…no wonder we struggle to do business these days. If Rafa wants this kid then do a player swap as well or jus offer the extra 2m and get it done.

    • Damon Horner

      Isn’t the “Take it or leave it” stance originally from a local paper?