Monday brought news that Newcastle and Norwich had agreed a fee of around £12m/£12.5m for Jacob Murphy.
Initially linked with Newcastle back in June, rumours had intensified that a deal was imminent and then eventually a compromise was reached on price.
After the clubs agreed the fee, Jacob Murphy flew from the Norwich training camp in Germany to Dublin.
The midfielder then agreed personal terms with Newcastle and met the rest of the squad.
Sky Sports report that Murphy is now going through the medical in Dublin, with confirmation of the deal expected soon.
The Mag – 17 July 2017:
Newcastle United have had a bid accepted for Jacob Murphy.
The Telegraph have broken the news, reporting that an offer of £12.5m has been accepted.
The likes of Sky Sports, The Mail and others have followed that up by confirming the transfer, though Sky Sports say a figure of ‘around £12m’.
Whilst The Times say the deal is ‘a little over £10m with £2m add ons’.
Pictured above with his brother Josh who is also with Norwich, Jacob Murphy scored nine goals and grabbed six assists last season in the Championship.
The pair are childhood Newcastle fans with close family ties to the north east.
The Norwich winger was said to have caught Rafa Benitez’ eye last season, scoring both home and away against Newcastle and also getting an assist at St James Park.
The expectation that a transfer was happening last week ended in what seemed stalemate (see below), with Newcastle sticking to a £10m valuation and Norwich £16m, though there were suggestions that the Canaries could be prepared to compromise at around £12m.
The Mag – 14 July 2017:
‘After a week of mounting expectation that Jacob Murphy was set to sign for Newcastle, Thursday night/Friday morning has brought a reality check.
Monday saw widespread reports that Newcastle had offered £8m for the Norwich midfielder but it was rejected.
Tuesday then brought news that Rafa Benitez had insisted Newcastle up their bid to finally land a third signing of the summer.
Things escalated on Thursday morning with Sky Sports and various other media all reporting that Murphy’s representatives were talking to both Newcastle and Norwich, in order to help ease a deal through.
However, by Thursday night/Friday morning the situation appears to have got to this impasse..
Whilst the player himself, a lifelong Newcastle fan with Geordie roots, wants to make the move happen, the two clubs are still wide apart on a transfer fee.
The Northern Echo say that sources close to the player have told them that Jacob Murphy is prepared to put in a transfer request to help push the deal but that still doesn’t solve the issue of the transfer fee.
The consensus amongst the north east press is that Newcastle have made clear that they are prepared to go up to £10m but aren’t willing to go higher, whilst Norwich want £16m – though some media claim they may accept £12m as their very lowest acceptable bid.’