August 2 2014 Latest news:
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Hull have reportedly agreed a fee with Norwich City for last term’s player of the season, Robert Snodgrass.
An initial fee of £7m, rising to £8m, has been quoted for a transfer that would see the club’s first reluctant player departure in almost five years.
The 26-year-old Scotland international has been at City for two years since signing for £4m from Leeds, and was voted player of the season following the Canaries’ Premier League relegation in May.
He has one year left on his current deal, with City said to have initially slapped a £10m price tag on a player they had hoped would stick around for their bid to make an immediate return to the top-flight via Championship promotion.
It is believed current discussions over personal terms won’t prove a problem either, with Snodgrass set to significantly up his wages at the KC Stadium and preserve his own Premier League career.
If the move goes ahead, it will exceed City’s record transfer fee received – which was the £7.25m after add-ons for the sale of Dean Ashton to West Ham in January 2005.
Hull’s recruitment drive included breaking their transfer record to sign Jake Livermore for £8m from Tottenham earlier this week.
The Tigers will compete in next term’s Europa League, thanks to their FA Cup final appearance – hence a concerted effort to bolster a squad that was playing Championship football until last season.
Sunderland were also in the running for Snodgrass’ signature but decided against matching Hull’s bid, while Newcastle and West Brom were also linked.
Scotland’s international player of last season, Snodgrass was also City’s Premier League joint top scorer. He has 13 goals in 73 City appearances.