According to a recent article published by HITC, Norwich City turned down a £7 million bid plus a further £1 million in add-ons for striker Lewis Grabban.
The 27-year-old joined Norwich from Bournemouth in the summer of 2014, and helped the club earn promotion to the Premier League via a Championship play-off final victory.
Grabban has ability, yet so far he has been restricted to just three Premier League starts this season as boss Alex Neil prefers to opt for strikers Cameron Jerome and Dieumerci Mbokani.
When news filtered through of Bournemouth’s bid, most Norwich supporters would have gladly allowed him to leave for the figure quoted and they are probably bemused by the final outcome.
However, it’s worth noting that while a package of £8 million for a striker on the peripheries of the first-team represents a sound deal, selling him to Bournemouth would be an error.
Eddie Howe remains a big fan of the striker, and there is little coincidence that Grabban’s best years of his career to date coincided during his time with the talented manager on the South Coast.
The Cherries currently occupy 16th position in the table, four points ahead of the relegation zone and just two points shy of Norwich who sit a single place above them.
The two newly-promoted clubs are undoubtedly contenders for the drop this season, and come the end of the campaign it may come as a surprise to see both of them preserve their Premier League status.
Therefore, while an £8 million bid for Grabban is surely tempting, by selling him Norwich could be boosting Bournemouth’s survival hopes and inadvertently damaging their own.
The long-term financial rewards of staying up surely outweigh any short-term gain.