Will Redfearn now be forced to play unwanted Leeds midfielder Luke Murphy?

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Leeds United wanted to loan out Luke Murphy on loan deadline day, but had no takers.

Leeds United manager Neil Redfearn was suitably happy with his squad that he chose not to bring in any players during Thursday's loan deadline.

However, he did sanction a number of exits. Out went centre back Scott Wootton to Rotherham United, forward Nicky Ajose to Crewe Alexandra and striker Noel Hunt to Ipswich, just days after the Yorkshire Evening Post confirmed that Redfearn had a list of five players that he wanted to move on before the deadline.

Wootton, Ajose and Hunt were on that list, as was experienced midfielder David Norris - but the other remaining player is something of a surprise.

Midfielder Luke Murphy was highly rated during his time with Crewe Alexandra, which led to Brian McDermott forking out £1m to bring the 23-year-old to Elland Road back in 2013.

Yet his time in West Yorkshire hasn't been at all successful, with fans regularly criticising him for a lack of effort and aversion to the physical aspects of the game.

Murphy ended up on that list of players that Redfearn wanted to move on, but he had no takers as 5pm came and went with Murphy still at the club.

Now, Redfearn is left with a dilemma. It's clear that Murphy isn't in his plans and is behind the likes of Tommaso Bianchi, Alex Mowatt and Rodolph Austin in midfield, but with just around six weeks to go until the January transfer window, Leeds may need to put him in the shop window to try and and attract a suitor.

Otherwise, Murphy is going to be sat on the sidelines kicking his heels, and ultimately losing value when it comes to selling him in the New Year.

It may not be what Redfearn wants, but he may well have to reintegrate Murphy into the first team for the good of the player and the good of the club - even though it's clear that Murphy has overstayed his welcome at Elland Road.

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