Everything we heard about the Jacob Murphy deal yesterday seemed quite positive.
For one thing we seemed to put in a very good second offer to Norwich City which was £10M front in
cash and then £2M add-on payments later based on how well Jacob does playing for Newcastle United.
The England U21 star player returned to training at Norwich late last week after he played so well in Poland for the England U21 team who were finally between in the semi-finals of the European U21 tournament by Germany on penalties.
22 year-old Norwich winger Jacob Murphy
And he was left out of the Norwich squad yesterday for the friendly game with Cambridge United.
Jacob was a Newcastle fan as a boy and his reps made it clear to Norwich on Thursday that he wanted the move to Newcastle United and that if necessary he would hand in a transfer request to get the move completed.
That severely weakened Norwich negotiating power, but it appears the East Anglia club could be close to accepting a £10M play £2M add-ons or even the full £12M up front – if that’s necessary.
With Rafa wanting this deal done asap and in constant contact with Lee Charnley, we had better not delay the deal further by arguing over a million here or a million there – given we have added only one new player to the squad from last season.
We don’t know why this deal couldn’t be wrapped up soon and then Jacob could join the squad, who will be in Dublin for their week-long training camp next week.
We saw some of the players who didn’t play much last season like Siem de Jong, Rolando Aarons play great on Friday night at Tynecastle – and they could be like two new signings if we can only keep them fit.
And Sadio Haidara, Achraf Lazaar and Jesus Gamez looked good in the second half and Rafa may even keep some of the players from last year who may even be better suited to the Premier League.
But Lee Charley and company need to get Jacob Murphy to the club as soon as possible.
No excuses now – pay out the money please.