Newcastle United have opened talks with Norwich over the transfer of Jacob Murphy according to the Daily Mail
Speculation has been growing over the last few days after a reported bid of around £8m was rejected by City last week.
The Mail suggest that the player has expressed a willingness to hear what Newcastle are offering but that the two clubs have markedly different valuations of the England U21 winger.
I`m fairly relaxed about this, really. I think that £8m is bordering on derisory for Jacob, who has bags of potential and as I`ve written before, when you consider that Nathan Redmond was the same age (22) and with only one year left on his contract when he moved to Southampton for £11m, Jacob must be worth more than that in this market.
Yes, Redmond had two years in the Premier League under his belt but with four years left on his Norwich deal, Jacob is a valuable asset for the club.
With a twin brother in the City ranks of very similar ability, it could be that a £12m+ deal might be worth entertaining as it would allow the club to reinforce very nicely for the upcoming, very important Championship season.
I know he`s “one of our own” and all that but he will be ambitious to play at the highest level and he could, god forbid, suffer a career ending injury in his next game. Football is a short career and players need to maximise their earnings and make the most of opportunities that come along. I`d rather he stayed and we don`t even know for sure if he wants to leave but don`t get too emotional about it. For fans that`s exactly what it is, for players it`s a job.