Bristol City transfer fee revealed for Ireland star as double swoop ruled out

Bristol City are expected to make one more signing before Friday's transfer deadline - and it's a big fee for a teenager.
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Bristol City are expected to make St Patrick’s Adam Murphy their final signing of the summer transfer window.

Nigel Pearson revealed yesterday that the Robins are at their ‘limit’ in regards to the wage bill and that there is unlikely to be any more players coming in to the first-team.

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Murphy however has strongly been linked with a move to Ashton Gate over the last week and reports in Ireland claimed a deal was close. The 18-year-old has been tracked by both Brighton and Manchester City, but he is ‘expected to complete’ his move in the coming days.

He is out of contract at the end of the League of Ireland season in November, but City are moving for him now to avoid any other clubs pipping them to him.

A fee has not yet been mentioned until recently by The Irish Sun who claimed they’d receive £190,000 in compensation had he left Richmond Park at the end of his contract.

It is reported that Bristol City offered a ‘significantly larger initial fee’ and there is performance related add-ons in the deal which has prompted the Dublin-based side to sell him now.

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The report adds that Robins assistant manager Curtis Fleming, who played for St Pat’s has ‘retained close links to the club’ and had been aware of the midfielder’s talent which has allowed for a move to be sanctioned.

Meanwhile, a double swoop from Bristol City for two of St Pats’ best players has been ruled out. Highly-rated defender Sam Curtis who was also said to be on City’s radar is set to stay at Pats for the time being.

The 17-year-old is one of the most highly sought after players in Ireland and has attracted attention in England and across Europe from some of the biggest teams in the continent.

It was reported earlier this year that Roma, Bayer Leverkusen and Feyenoord had held an interest in the teenager. Last year it was reported by Football Insider that Manchester City had sent scouts to make ‘regular checks’ on Curtis who could play right-back or centre-back.

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He is out of contract at the end of the season but will remain at Pats as they make up the ground of the four-point lead that Shamrock Rovers hold over them. Transfer rules do not allow English clubs to sign Irish players until they are 18-years-old and it could be a deal that they could revisit in January.

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