A transfer fee of around £12.5m has been agreed for the transfer of Jacob Murphy and some varied responses from Norwich fans.
With nine goals and six assists last season, he was clearly a player who contributed, but what message are they sending to Newcastle supporters?
The comments below have a bit of everything, from total disillusionment with their club for selling him, right through to it’s a brilliant move by Norwich City.
Likewise, the agreed price is seen as a give away by some, whilst others claim the Canaries have taken the Magpies’ eyes out.
Judge for yourself.
Norwich fans comment via their main Pink Un message board:
‘Disappointing, on the day I get my season ticket in the post!!!!’
‘Nobody could have budgeted for getting £12.5m for Murphy??’
‘There is not a side in the Championship who could have held on to such a player as Jacob Murphy considering all the factors.
The only thing in doubt was the bottom line.’
‘I am sure we would all loved to have kept him for another season but at the moment £12 million is a good price, and if we invest to rebalance the squad then I can’t complain.’
‘The whole thing is an absolute disaster.’
‘The bottom line is, whoever we sign, he won’t be as good as JM, he won’t have as much potential as JM and he won’t win us matches like JM would have done.
In no way is this “a good bit of business”.’
‘Newcastle have a good Championship squad.
Even the addition of Jacob M who has no PL experience, he’s joining a club with only Championship players. Including the likes of Murphy and Gayle the rest struggled 2 seasons ago.
Can only see another season od discontent at St James’s. Unless Ashley gets his wallet out but the time it took to get Jacob not good for the Magpies. What a shame.’
‘Who cares? It’s still a lot better than ours is!’
‘Josh will be better given the opportunity, more direct and pace imo.’
‘Hope you are right but I prefer Jacob. His goal tally far better.
Really not happy about not seeing the best years of a player who has been with us since he was 11 years old.
And PLEASE do not say that £12.5m for an England U21 international with 4 years left on his contract is a good thing.’
‘Jacob is a great player, but we got the same money we got for Redmond last year, who had already had two seasons of Pl football and a Championship promotion in his locker.
I was hoping we could squeeze Newcastle for a bit more given their desperation but it’s not the worst fee we’ve ever gotten.’
‘Have to admit I’m really disappointed about this one; we held the cards with a long contract and an exciting young English talent, really it should be £15m BEFORE add ons. Watch him play his way into the England picture….’
‘Personally I will be sad to see Jacob go as he was really starting to mature as a player and could have had a good role in this season’s challenge, but I can’t fault him overly much if there’s a good deal on offer from Newcastle who are very much still a massive club, who can offer premier league football, more fans per game, and likely higher wages as well.
Let’s face it, it would take a very brave or very confident young man to pass up that sort of opportunity in this stage of his career tbh.
Good luck in the future Jacob.’
‘Not that surprised this has happened, once a player knows he can move to a better paid job at a ‘bigger club’ , you might as well accept that they are off.
Jacob has many attributes of a top player, but he is still very much ‘in developement’, his stock may rise( hope there’s a sell on%) it may not, in which case we’ve done very good business indeed.’
‘Bloody good business imo. Well done City.’
‘If the sums are correct, then in today’s insane Premier League market we are selling him for a fraction of what Newcastle should be expected to pay for him. If Redmond is valued at £50m+ as claimed on the recent thread about him, I maintain that a player of Jacob’s ability and potential to improve, who has just signed a 4 year extension should command a fee of £20m to £25m.
We should have held out until Newcastle reached a figure well above what they initially offered. Then if Jacob found this to be unacceptable, we should have reminded him that he has just signed a new 4 year contract and that he will be training on his own until either his contract expired, his attitude improved or Newcastle met the clubs valuation.
Hopefully the £12m being quoted is just the initial payment and there are substantial add ons and a healthy resale percentage, if not would be very disappointed to let one of our better players go for a price well south of what we should be getting for him.’
‘Fee agreed according to Sky Sports.
Not surprised but not happy about it.’
‘Does any player “have a correct price”?
Any player is worth what another club will pay for him, and what the selling club think he is worth.
In the Jacob Murphy case I would suggest both clubs have it spot on.’
‘Happy Clappers now lining up……
To say how bad a player Jacob Murphy is and how the club have done amazingly well to get such a large fee for him.
Amazing how these people put such spin on negative times at NCFC.’