Josh Murphy: Cardiff City sign Norwich City winger

Josh Murphy takes on Omar Bogle
Josh Murphy scored Norwich's winner against Cardiff at Carrow Road in a 3-2 win in September 2016

Cardiff City have signed winger Josh Murphy from Championship side Norwich City for a fee believed to be about £11m.

The 23-year-old has agreed a four-year deal with the Bluebirds.

Murphy is manager Neil Warnock's first signing since Cardiff won promotion back to the Premier League.

"Josh is a player I've watched for a number of years now and he's always excited me when he runs with the ball," said Warnock.

Murphy is Cardiff's most expensive signing since their relegation from the top flight in 2014 and the biggest under Warnock, who described him as his "number one target".

"I think he's at the right age now with his best still to come," Warnock added.

"He can play an instrumental part in helping us to stay in the Premier League and I know he's looking forward to the challenge."

Cardiff spent £11m to sign Chile midfielder Gary Medel from Sevilla in August 2013, while Warnock's biggest outlay was the £6m spent on Bolton striker Gary Madine in January.

Murphy made 108 appearances for the Canaries after coming through the Carrow Road club's academy, and scored 11 goals in 47 appearances last season.

The former England Under-20 international is one of "five or six" new players Warnock wants to sign to add to a squad that earned top-flight status with a second-place finish in the Championship.

It is understood they are also targeting Preston left-back Greg Cunningham but have dropped interest in West Bromwich Albion's Republic of Ireland international winger James McClean.

Contract offers have been made to winger Junior Hoilett and midfielder Aron Gunnarsson, whose Cardiff City Stadium deals are set to expire.

The club are confident that Hoilett, 28, will agree to stay, while Gunnarsson's future could hinge on his performances for Iceland at the World Cup.

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