There’s news in the Northern Echo today that Newcastle will hand in a £10M bid for their latest target – Jacob Murphy – and it’s essentially a take it or leave it offer.
That’s an increase of £2M on the £8M we bid earlier this week – but Norwich’ appraisal of the player seems to have gone from £12M up to £16M as the goalposts on Murphy seem to have been moved.
Norwich are probably not going to take the offer, so unless the player is urging his club he wants desperately to leave – and there’s no evidence he is – the bid will likely be turned down.
22 year-old Norwich winger Jacob Murphy
But it seems Newcastle are realizing we cannot mess around with these transfers.
We’ve now been working for around seven weeks in the transfer market – at least Lee Charnley and his team have been – and we have just one new signing from last season in 26 year-old center-back Florian Lejeune.
Of course. from Newcastle’s viewpoint the 22-year-old England U21 International is untested at the highest level and hasn’t played in the Premier League.
Newcastle have told Norwich they will not be making a third bid if this offer is turned down – so we go after other targets – but it seems we’ve already been through quite a few of our top targets already.
The good news for Norwich is that Newcastle will pay the full amount of £10M up front in cash, so that money will be available to the Canaries to bring in players this summer.
That’s a good deal for Norwich.
New Norwich manager Daniel Farke has said that Murphy is not likely to be part of the first team squad for next season, but Norwich will still think they can get more for the player in the remaining seven weeks of the window.
Jacob is said to be keen to join Rafa at Newcastle – so at least that’s in our favor.
But if we were to hard a guess at what the Canaries will do – we’d say they’ll turn the Newcastle offer down.
But we’ve also been wrong before.
Jacob Murphy at £10M in today’s crazy transfer window would be a good deal for Newcastle.