Lewis Grabban has signed for Bournemouth for a £7 million fee.
The news broke around 18:00, that Norwich City striker Lewis Grabban, had completed a move which will see him return back to his former club, after a season & half absence. Grabban, joined Norwich back in the Summer of 2014 for a fee thought to be in the region of £3 million and scored 12 goals in the Championship last season, with one of these being a notable derby goal against rivals Ipswich. However aside from a strong start to his Norwich career the goals started to dry up. That being said, he did offer Norwich something of a different dimension compared to the other strikers in their ranks.
This season things just never seemed to have got going for him and has scored once, against Arsenal, out of 8 appearances in all competitions. This could well be largely due to the incident which happened earlier on in the season when Lewis Grabban reportedly left the team hotel despite being named as a substitute for a Capital One Cup game. This incident didn’t go down well with the Norwich fans hence why the general reaction from Norwich fans on social media is positive, especially that the club managed to get £7 million for the striker.
Social Media Reaction
We didn't get £8M combined for Nani and RVP but Norwich get £8M for Lewis Grabban. Ed Woodward a certified donkey.
— Luke (@LukeLessUnited) January 11, 2016
All hassle aside – Grabban did really well for us last yr and was big help in promotion. Shame as things could have been so different #NCFC
— Gav Reynolds (@gavreynolds) January 11, 2016
Grabban could line up against his former side (Norwich) in a few days time when the two sides meet in the Premier league. He could be alongside another Bournemouth new boy Afobe, who yesterday signed for a club record fee thought to be around £8-10 million. Afobe was a summer target of Norwich’s so this fixture might be an interesting one to say the least.
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Bournemouth will be no doubt happy with their business in this window so far and fans can be pleased at the fact that they have got some business done early. Grabban will hopefully add some much needed firepower to their injury hit strike force.
It will be intriguing to see whether this deal is a ‘magical move’ by David McNally and his Norwich City staff, or whether this move will backfire on them.
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