Norwich City forward closes in on eight-figure Premier League switch
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Norwich City winger Josh Murphy is on the brink of joining Premier League new boys Cardiff for a deal worth in excess of £10m.
The 23-year-old FA Youth Cup winner was believed to be in Cardiff overnight according to sources in south Wales, to tie up a deal that would represent the Canaries’ first major sale of the summer transfer window.
Saturday had seen Murphy linked with a Chris Hughton reunion at Brighton, alongside potential interest from another promoted club in Fulham and a Middlesbrough side hoping to emulate that feat next season.
However, Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock appears to have stolen a march on them all with an eight-figure move – 12 months after Murphy’s twin Jacob was sold to a newly promoted Newcastle United for an initial £10m.
Warnock’s side finished second in the Championship last season, having loaned out of favour City winger Yanic Wildschut from January.
However, the Dutchman clocked just three starts and one assist in that time – allowing Cardiff to forego an option to buy the City winger permanently on promotion; and now they have turned to Murphy to strengthen their forward options.
City’s 2013 FA Youth Cup winner scored 11 goals – including City’s goal of the season in April’s 3-1 win over Championship play-off finalists Aston Villa – and created six more in 47 appearances in all competitions last season.
His well-taken goal at Arsenal also helped book Murphy’s place in last season’s Carabao Cup team of the tournament alongside the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
The Canaries are up against it in terms of finances this summer, as they continue their adjustment to life without Premier League parachute payments.
Although Murphy’s sale this window is unlikely to prevent the same of last term’s much-coveted player of the season James Maddison, it may well strengthen their bargaining position – while also giving head coach Daniel Farke and sporting director Stuart Webber the chance to continue their summer squad rebuilding plans.
City confirmed the eye-catching arrival of Argentina Under-20 international Emi Buendía from Getafe on Friday, for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5m.
And City are still believed to be keen on making Moritz Leitner’s loan move from Augsburg last season a permanent switch during the current window, if a deal can be reached with the midfielder and his parent club.
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