Newly-promoted Newcastle United are ready to offer a final £10m 'take it or leave it' offer for Norwich City and England U21 winger Jacob Murphy.
In a report by the Northern Echo, Magpies managing director Lee Charnley is said to be prepared to walk away from the potential transfer deal if his final £10m offer for Murphy's services is rejected.
Earlier in the week, Newcastle had their initial offer of £8m turned-down, and the Toon's increased bid for the youngster is an indication of just how highly Rafa Benitez rates him.
Despite the interest from Benitez though, the Canaries' original asking price of £16m was deemed far too high for a player who has yet to kick a ball in a Premier League game at the age of 22.
They are willing to increase their initial offer slightly, and are set to offer £10m with a caveat that they will not be making a third bid if their interest is rebuffed again.
Norwich's new boss Daniel Farke has already stated that Murphy is unlikely to be part of his plans next season. With a large amount of time still left on the transfer window clock though, the club are unlikely to want to jump the gun and sell for a price that does not meet their valuation.
Significantly, however, sources close to the deal claim Murphy is keen to move on and test himself in the Premier League, and the Canaries may decide it is not in their interests to retain a player whose mind is elsewhere.