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Norwich City bid for young midfielder Ben Godfrey turned down by York City

16:52 01 January 2016

York City manager Jackie McNamara, pictured during his time in charge of Dundee United, has revealed that York have turned down a bid for young midfielder Ben Godfrey from Norwich City. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA

York City manager Jackie McNamara, pictured during his time in charge of Dundee United, has revealed that York have turned down a bid for young midfielder Ben Godfrey from Norwich City. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA

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York City manager Jackie McNamara has revealed Norwich City have had a bid turned down for the League Two club’s highly rated young midfielder Ben Godfrey.

The 17-year-old has made 14 appearances for the Minstermen this season, scoring his first senior goal in a 2-1 home defeat to Plymouth Argyle in November.

The Daily Mirror has reported that Canaries boss Alex Neil personally scouted the tall youngster in a 6-0 loss at Portsmouth earlier in the campaign.

Godfrey is originally from York but was part of the youth system at Middlesbrough when he was younger, before starting a scholarship with York in 2014 and going on to captain the club’s under-18s.

The midfielder, who can also play at centre-back, has reportedly turned down two chances to sign professional terms with the Minstermen and with his youth contract due to expire at the end of the season the Mirror claim compensation would cost around £80,000,

McNamara, speaking to The York Press, said: “Norwich made a bid that the chairman has rejected and I explained that to Ben because I believe in being open and honest.

“We’re not working against him and the last thing the club would ever want to do is stand in the way of any player’s progress, but the offer wasn’t enough for the club or chairman to even think about.”

Godfrey was an unused substitute in York’s 1-1 draw at Mansfield on Monday, with McNamara admitting speculation has unsettled the highly rated prospect.

“I think the last couple of weeks he had been yeah,” McNamara told BBC Radio York, when asked if the player’s head had been turned by the recent interest.

“I think the last couple of days he’s been settled down and I can see a difference in him now, maybe because he knows there’s interest there and he’s taken it the right way and been confident with it.

“Before he was possibly anticipating it or worrying about it but you have to remember he’s only 17-year-old, sometimes it’s difficult for him to understand and to think they have to do certain things differently from what they’ve done before.

“I’ve experienced that a lot before with younger players I’ve worked with and it’s always difficult this stage of the season to keep them focused mentally, not worrying about where they could be or what’s going to happen with them.

“But he’s a good kid and as I said, the last few days he’s been good in training.”

West Brom, Hull, Cardiff and Barnsley have all previously been linked with making a move for Godfrey but it seems Norwich are in pole position for his signature.

McNamara added: “He’s got potential, I think that’s what everybody will look at, he has potential there.

“For me, he’s got a big heart, he gives you everything he has and he’s a good size as well. People look at that, (he’s) athletic and a really good prospect.”

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15 comments

  • I'd like to know how much City offered. It's not very good business sense paying megabucks on an untried youngster. If he was that good, why haven't the bigger clubs gone in for him? I also agree with the Benik Afobe poster. £12 million is a ridiculous amount to pay for any Championship player. Wolves aren't exactly setting the league on fire anyway even with the talent of Afobe. I'd rather have Bamford on loan. We've got CJ and DM. Defence should be the priority.

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    canarytrev

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • I rather think Jacob Murphy is writing headlines at Coventry? In any event these long-term young signings make perfect sense for an ambitious club with a quality academy.

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    Reg Breeze

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • I have to say since we beat Chelsea in the U18s Youth Cup but none apart from Harry Toffolo have done much yet. The Murphys started to blossom and Jamie Loza scored that amazing 97th minute goal but nothing since. Jamie Vardy was in the doldrums 4 years ago at Fleetwood now look at him. Sometimes you have to take a chance.

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    Bogaz John

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • Nice sarcasm Dr Who?!!

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    JOROBIT

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • Well done Dan. The only sensible post on here until this one. Yes he's a prospect and he may not make it, just like our own prospects, however he's cheap as chips and like with all prospects he's a gamble. Some of you guys appear to want us to spend a million on him and others would rather we don't sign anyone until they're proven and cost ten times that! We have no idea what was offered so how can people comment on whether it's a ridiculous offer. Maybe we will loan him back for a couple of seasons until he's ready but so what. Remember some bloke called Harry Kane, anyone? Plenty of players make the first team and plenty more don't. That's football. Think a little before you type your garbage next time people! INWT

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    baguio

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • ' nuff said .OTBC.

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    rikki nadir

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • Thank God for Charlie Brooker his programme was brilliant.I tried to reply to other posters about their wingeging comments,but as you know Archant has various ways of making your views disappear.OTBC.

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    rikki nadir

    Saturday, January 2, 2016

  • Agree Jim. This is exactly how City go about their dealings in the transfer market. Argue the toss over various rediculous bids and then lose out. What chance have we of getting the senior players that have been mentioned if we go about signing them in this way. Identify the target, come up with a realistic offer and take it from there. I've just watched Afobe playing for Wolves today - he offers absolutely nothing so I hope we don't go in for him again.

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    VictorM

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • That's a great idea. We have players loaned out to other clubs, let's not bother scouting talent and try to improve the squad as the Murphys might make the grade.

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    PaulWho

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Agree Jorobit what about our promising players

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    iMac

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • What about our own prospects out on loan to various clubs? Are none of our own academy products deemed suitable enough, that we have to go chasing other clubs youngsters?

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    JOROBIT

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Haven't we already got a wonder signing loaned back to his parent club for 2 seasons , do we need another signing like this , young unproven , he may be promising but didn't they say that LT was promising when they bought him and loaned him put. Sorry to be negative but I can't see the point in signing another so called prospect

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    iMac

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Ha-ha. Good shout, Dan! I'm sure we'll snaffle him up soon enough. Looks like a long-term prospect in any event.

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    Ruddy Hell

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Here we go again. A 'supporter' without all the facts having a ridiculous winge, wasting their time, then missing out on the main point. No surprise here then.

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    Dan

    Friday, January 1, 2016

  • Here we go again - trying to do things on the cheap. Making a ridiculous offer, drawing the attention of other clubs, wasting time, then missing out. No surprise here then.

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    Jim

    Friday, January 1, 2016

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