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Report: Leeds United unwilling to match asking price for Sheffield United’s Jamie Murphy

Leeds United have been linked with making a move for Murphy this summer.

According to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds are unwilling to match the valuation placed upon Murphy in this summer’s transfer window.

Murphy has consistently been a top level performer for Sheffield United since his signing in 2013, making 121 appearances, scoring 21 goals and registering 22 assists.

The Sheffield Star claimed last week that United valued Murphy, 25, at over £1 million, and the latest report claims that Leeds have baulked at that asking price.

The winger may impress in League One, but stepping up to the Championship is a tough task, and for that asking price any team would want to sign a player who they know can perform in the second tier.

The report claims that Leeds are searching for a new winger this summer, having already brought in two new strikers, and Murphy ticks all the boxes that the Whites are requesting. He has a consistent assist rate, as well as a good goal threat, and he still has age on his side.

However, the asking price has made Leeds reconsider their interest in Murphy, and they will not be pushed into paying over the odds for a player when other options exist.

Of course, it has been reported by the YEP that the Whites could offer Billy Sharp in exchange for Murphy, in a deal that would seemingly suit both parties, but there are no recent developments as to whether United deem that to be a fair deal.

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