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Webster's Bristol City Switch Confirmed
Thursday, 28th Jun 2018 14:03

Central defender Adam Webster’s switch to Bristol City has been confirmed. The 23-year-old has signed a four-year deal at Ashton Gate.

Webster has moved to the Robins for an initial £3.5 million fee, which could rise to as much as £8 million after top-ups.

These include appearance milestones which should see the figure quickly reach £4 million as well as other clauses, including one relating to the Robins reaching the Premier League, while the Blues would also get a cut of the profit on any future sale.

Portsmouth, Webster’s former club, are due 20 per cent of the profit Town have made on the deal agreed when he moved to Portman Road in the summer of 2016.

Webster cost the Blues £700,000 plus Matt Clarke, who is believed to have been valued at £50,000. Pompey will receive an initial £550,000 and a fifth of the ongoing top-ups.

The cash Town receive from Webster’s sale will go into new manager Paul Hurst’s budget as he looks to put his own stamp on his squad before the start of the 2018/19 campaign.

The former England U18 and U19 international made 48 starts and five sub appearances in an injury-hit spell with the Blues, scoring one goal.

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson is pleased to have made the signing of a player he rates very highly.

“I am delighted to get this deal done,” he told “We strongly believe in Adam’s ability and he is a player we have been tracking for a long time.

“He has proved himself as a top Championship defender and I look forward to seeing him play alongside our current centre-halves.

“He comes with real quality on the ball and we believe we can be the vehicle for him to go to the very top, hopefully with us, Bristol City.”

Webster says Johnson impressed him with his vision for the Robins' future.

“Since I’ve known about the club’s interest, it was always something I wanted to pursue and I can’t wait to get started,” he told BCTV.

“Speaking to the head coach and hearing the plans he has for the club, I wanted to come here straight away and I am pleased to get the deal over the line.

“The club is very ambitious and I would like to think I am as well, so I am excited.”

He says he talked to ex-Bristol City trio Dean Gerken, Cole Skuse and Jordan Spence before making the move.

“I spoke to all three of them but they had nothing but positive things to say about the club and the city so it was a no-brainer,” he added.

“Obviously it’s a difficult division, there’s not an easy game, so it will be important to get a good pre-season under my belt and crack on from there.

“As a defender I will first and foremost be looking keep clean sheets but on the other hand I like to bring the ball out from the back and get the play started.

“I want to play every game and both the club and myself want to get promoted to the Premier League so hopefully we can achieve that.”

With Webster departing, the Blues will need at least one more senior central defender, perhaps two, having already signed Trevoh Chalobah on a season-long loan from Chelsea.

Among the likely replacements for Webster are Blackpool’s Curtis Tilt, 26, who was reported to be the subject of a Town bid earlier in the week and we understand there is something in the link.

Shrewsbury's Aristote Nsiala, also 26, has been mentioned in connection with the Blues on a number of occasions, although his former boss Hurst played down those reports on Monday.

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TheTrueBlue1878 added 14:05 - Jun 28
Good luck to him. Be interesting to see where they are in 12 months time. Can’t see Ya going in for Curtis Tilt when they’re asking for a seven figure sum....? Surely not?

PhilTWTD added 14:08 - Jun 28

There's what you're asking for and what you're likely to get!

muhrensleftfoot added 14:09 - Jun 28
Good luck Adam. If he can keep fit, Bristol City have a "steal" at that price in today's game.

jpring89 added 14:16 - Jun 28
If he wasn’t injury prone I’m sure he would be worth more. Don’t get why people are so disheartened by this sale. Out of the 3 players of value to us which was Webster Bart and Waghorn. I would sacrifice Webster all day long over those 2.

PortmanTerrorist added 14:24 - Jun 28
Sack Dean Gerken, Cole Skuse and Jordan Spence ! I had my doubts about these 3 for next season and whilst i can live with an injury-prone defender leaving, can def do without any encouragement from those still fighting for OUR Club. Bristol City is NOT a step up and Webster not seeing PH's vision or the difference in scale/history of the 2 Club's is his problem and now not ours. Sorry to see him go, but probably for the best by the sound of things.

Northstandveteran added 14:27 - Jun 28
He does look very grown up in his kit designed for adults, opposed to the cheap schoolboy tat our players will be wearing this season.

WaffleMan added 14:32 - Jun 28
Overpriced but I’m not complaining

jayaps added 14:36 - Jun 28
jpring89....why should we sacrifice any of our valuable players!!!!!....We have an owner that is near on a billionaire a new manager ....should be a new dawn....but its of our prize assets out replaced by a loan player and a free transfer....the only reason we have,a new manager is to get bums on seats....its like groundhog day.....please dont let our delightful owner pull the wool over your eyes....his brilliant 5 point plan is a plan to spend as little as possible no more no less.

Bildestoned added 14:58 - Jun 28
I can NOT not believe the naive stupidity exhibited in this forum. No fuc*er in a Town shirt has even kicked a ball yet FFS! Some of you need to wise up.

peteswindon added 14:59 - Jun 28
What a joke, a good defender unlucky with a few injuries definitely injury prone as touted on here. I am sure we will get someone from the non leagues to replace him. I feel for PH I doubt he knows what he’s let himself in for.

itfc1981 added 15:13 - Jun 28
A very short sighted sale. As Phil wrote only yesterday with a few run of games his value would rocket - Somebody needs to advise Evans that 8 million is chicken feed these days and the initial 3.5 million would not even cover a small water biscuit.


jayaps added 15:17 - Jun 28
Bildestoned....naive stupidity .....all of of us have been subjected to the evans milne propaganda to get season tickets every season....we have been promised that all transfer funds would
be reinvested...!!...That is not naive or stupid

Bildestoned added 15:40 - Jun 28
I can NOT not believe the naive stupidity exhibited in this forum. No fuc*er in a Town shirt has even kicked a ball yet FFS! Some of you need to wise up.

timkatieadamitfc added 15:43 - Jun 28
Would much rather have kept him and built side around this type of player rather than sold him to a rival, if he is one of three players worth money to us why is he being sold for such a low fee and we’re not even getting all money up front. Would rather have had Celina back on loan for season and actually played him in all of the games unlike last year than sign Roberts.

floridaboy added 16:20 - Jun 28
Hope he does OK at Bristol but think he may spend more time on the treatment table than on the pitch.

timkatieadamitfc, people were moaning about the loans, now Hurst has signed a winger who is actually one of our own players not a loan. There are not many transfers where the whole amount is paid up front.

We would not be able to afford Celina and his wages are really stupid. Don't forget City paid a good percentage of his salary last season.

Celina was another who blew hot and cold.

Personally really starting to like how Hurst is going about sorting the squad out. Could be an interesting few weeks before the window closes.

arc added 17:13 - Jun 28
I am always suspicious of those "add-on" final figures. We'll probably get £8m if he plays 50 times for England or something daft like that.

RaymondovicBlue added 18:21 - Jun 28
I know every player HAS TO say he's excited to join their new team, but is it just me who thinks Webster was keen to be away... Joining "an ambitious team"?

I am sure that ME wanted to cash in so he can invest in PH players..... But I think this deal MIGHT be one everyone will benefit from /wanted....

Now let's see the signings AS WELL AS WAGES that "reinvested in the squad" needs to mean...... I'm confident.

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