Updates from Tuesday, July 1
Robert Snodgrass has posted a goodbye message to Norwich City fans on Twitter, after sealing his move to Hull City.
Snodgrass tweeted the following on Tuesday:
Hull's official website had earlier confirmed:
Snodgrass arrives from Norwich City for an undisclosed fee, with the midfielder signing a three-year contract with the Tigers.The Club is pleased to have completed the signing of the 26-year-old, who can operate on either side of midfield, or in a more advanced attacking position, and poses a goal-scoring threat wherever he plays.
Hull City have taken a big step in their hunt to sign Robert Snodgrass from Norwich City after it was revealed that the two clubs have agreed a fee for the Scottish international.
Sky Sports reported that a host of Premier League outfits had been in the chase to take Snodgrass off the hands of the relegated Canaries, with Sunderland, West Brom and Queens Park Rangers all raising interest:
Sky Sources: Hull agree fee for Norwich midfielder Robert Snodgrass. More on #SSN.— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) June 26, 2014
It seems as though the Tigers will now triumph in the race, although personal terms and a medical remain obstacles to be resolved before the deal goes through.
The news comes on the back of Jake Livermore's £8 million switch to the KC Stadium from Tottenham earlier this week. The business shows great initiative on Steve Bruce's part, but Ben McAleer of WhoScored.com questions the value of the deal from a Hull point of view:
We got £8m for Livermore. Eight million pounds. Remarkable business by Levy.— Ben McAleer (@BenMcAleer1) June 25, 2014
The Yorkshire club are looking to build on an encouraging 2013-14 season in which they finished 16th in the Premier League but managed to feature in the FA Cup final, losing to Arsenal at the last hurdle.
Despite Norwich's relegation, Snodgrass has always maintained a reputation as being one of the side's standout players, creating 67 scoring chances in 30 appearances last term, per Squawka, almost twice as many as any other player in the squad.
The Scot has shown an ability to change a game with his streaks down the Canaries' flanks, and as Charlie Wyett of The Sun confirmed at the end of last season, Snodgrass was elected his club's Players' Player of the Year:
At Norwich end-of-season dinner at Carrow Rd. Not the cheeriest of evenings. Players' player of year goes to Robert Snodgrass— Charlie Wyett (@CharlieWyett) May 13, 2014
However, while such an impact might benefit Bruce's options in attack, the value of Snodgrass' acquisition must also be questioned, especially considering he has just a year left on his contract and is coming off the back of a relegation campaign.
Chris Young of the Sunderland Echo doesn't see a lot of worth in his valuation, which he states is £8 million:
Think there was an interest from Sunderland in Robert Snodgrass. Not at £8million... #safc— Chris Young (@YoungSunEcho) June 26, 2014
Spending £16 million in less than a week is something Hull fans won't be accustomed to, but after bringing in Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long during the winter, they're showing an intriguing rise in their spending patterns.
Snodgrass' transfer wouldn't become official until the transfer window open on July 1, but it seems Hull City may soon have another midfield member bolstering their roster.