JAMIE Murphy is expected to make his final appearance for Motherwell at Celtic Park tomorrow before completing a £250,000 transfer to Sheffield United.
The 23-year-old forward was in Yorkshire yesterday for signing talks with the League One club but is due to return to training at Motherwell today ahead of their SPL fixture away to the Scottish champions.
Subject to Murphy agreeing personal terms with Sheffield United and passing a medical, he will move to the Bramall Lane outfit for an initial payment of £100,000 with Motherwell potentially in line to receive a further £150,000 in performance-related add-ons for the former Scotland under-21 international.
Murphy, whose contract with Motherwell is due to expire at the end of this season, waved an emotional farewell to the Fir Park home support after scoring his 11th goal of the season in last Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Kilmarnock.
Motherwell manager Stuart McCall, who is confident Murphy will be in his starting line-up tomorrow when the Lanarkshire side bid to close the gap on Celtic at the top of the SPL to three points, has been resigned to the prospect of losing the highly-regarded player for some time.
“I fully expect Jamie to play against Celtic,” said McCall. “We will see what transpires but the club are expecting Jamie to depart unless something else comes from left field.
“It is something that I knew was coming in this window, that we would have to lose one player in January and with Jamie’s contract being up in the summer, he was the most likely one.
“We are not getting anywhere near what he is worth but he has been great for the club. He is a great kid to work with and if he does go to Sheffield United then he will go with our blessing and good wishes.”