Butterfield Departs For Norwich

Last updated : 04 July 2012 By Alastair Limb (tykesmad)

Jacob Butterfield has finally left Barnsley and signed for Premier League side Norwich City.

The 22-year-old has been subject of much transfer talk all summer long but the transfer saga has finally been brought to a conclusion with his switch to the Canaries.

The Reds rejected an initial bid from Norwich yesterday, so the fee will be settled by a tribunal. Manager Keith Hill absolutely laid into Norwich for the 'derisory' bid.

He told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“The initial offer received by the football club is an absolute joke. It is scandalous and disrespectful,”

“Jacob has been at the football club for a number of years. Last year, he was made team captain, he was selected for the England Under-21s, he was selected for the (provisional) Olympic GB team and, for me, it just stinks.

“I am very cynical about the whole tribunal affair,” he added.

“You never get a true reflection or valuation. It seems ridiculous that they (Norwich) will go to tribunal trying to get him for as little monetary value as possible which is probably a reflection of them not really fancying him – and they do, they do want to recruit him – but they don’t want to do the right thing and meet somewhere in the middle with respect to what we feel Jacob is worth and what they feel he is worth.

“I am disappointed because this has lingered on since January,” Hill said. “I would have expected business to have been concluded by now and probably in a more appropriate manner than it has been over the last four or five days.”