Southampton and Swansea City fans took to Twitter on Friday to react to news of Jack Cork’s switch from the south coast to Wales.
Cork, 25, has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal at Swansea for a fee believed to be in the region of £3 million, having entered the final six months of his Southampton contract.
Manager Ronald Koeman revealed earlier this month that fresh terms were on the table but, after starting just five Premier League games this season, the midfielder was reluctant to commit.
Forced to cash in on his signature as a result, Swans boss Garry Monk admitted his surprise that he was able to capture the former Chelsea product, having made a failed approach in the summer.
"I pushed a little bit for him to come in the summer, but it didn't happen because he was committed to Southampton and going forward with them,” he told Sky Sports.
"But when the opportunity came up again in this window, we were happy to have the chance to bring him in.
"I was surprised a little bit he was available. I understand an offer of a new contract was in place at Southampton, but for whatever reasons he felt he didn't want to sign it.
"He wanted to come here and we have showed the same enthusiasm to sign him, so that's a good recipe.”
Cork initially joined Southampton on loan from Chelsea in the summer of 2008, before returning permanently three years later following the club’s promotion to the Championship.
The son of former Cardiff boss Alan Cork, he would make 151 appearances across his two spells, but now becomes Swansea’s fourth January signing following Kyle Naughton, Matt Grimes and loanee Nelson Oliveira.
In a relatively quiet transfer window, here’s how both sets of supporters reacted to one of the more significant moves so far.
Great signing we've made today in jack cork, I think he's a brilliant all rounder! Great work by garry and huw #swans— Luke Keogh (@lgkeogh) January 30, 2015
Refreshing to see one of our players leave for footballing reasons rather than money so fair play and good luck to Cork #saintsfc— Cody. (@cody_burns3) January 30, 2015
I like Jack Cork, he is a simple footballer, does his job very well. I think we can replace with a much more complete player. #saintsfc— Andrew Davis (@andydavis1978) January 30, 2015
Happy with the signing of Jack Cork. Absolute steel at 3mill, has bags of experience as well as quality & he seems like a decent lad! #Swans— Daniel Clancy (@DanClancy92) January 30, 2015
Says a hell of a lot about us that we can let someone like Jack Cork go and it not really affect us very much. #saintsfc— Chris Mitchell (@Chrismitchell76) January 30, 2015
Think Jack Cork will turn out to be a great signing. He will add much needed quality to our midfield #swans— Kevin Richards (@kevrich81) January 30, 2015
Happy with the Cork signing, different from our other midfield players, offers more of a physical edge. Shelvey's days numbered IMO. #Swans— James Harding (@J_Harding7) January 30, 2015
Gutted to see Jack Cork leave, hope he gets the starts he wanted with us at Swansea, will be a good fit for them! Time to replace! #saintsfc— Afy Sumra (@Afzul330) January 30, 2015
Sad to see Cork go, such an underrated footballer #saintsfc— Harry Bush (@BushHarry) January 30, 2015
Jack Cork is in many ways an identikit #Swans player. Tidy and committed, with room for improvement. Decent signing, I reckon.— Kevin Hatchard (@kevinhatchard) January 30, 2015
Hope Jack cork gets the playing time at Swansea a class player and probably the only player we've sold that would be welcome back #saintsfc— chris black (@chr15sfc) January 30, 2015
#saintsfc Cork is a quality player. Wouldn't surprise me with regular club football that he gets an England call up. Him and Prowsey.— Roger H (@saints8_0) January 30, 2015