Middlesbrough wanted to sign Newcastle United’s Premier League benchwarmer Murphy but he’s joined Championship play-off rivals West Brom instead.

Middlesbrough held discussions about signing Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy on transfer deadline day, according to the Northern Echo.

A £12 million signing in the summer of 2017 (Sky), Murphy had failed to establish himself at St James’ Park and made just three Premier League starts in the first half of the season.

And, with Miguel Almiron arriving on Tyneside for a club-record fee, Rafa Benitez allowed the former Norwich City starlet to leave on loan until the end of the campaign.

The Northern Echo reported that Middlesbrough wanted to see Murphy make the short trip down the road to the Riverside and even held talks about a potential deal. But the England U21 winger will be plying his trade at West Bromwich Albion instead.

West Brom snapped up Murphy on loan alongside Jefferson Montero and Stefan Johansen, who arrived from Swansea and Fulham respectively.

And the report claims that the 23-year-old turned down a chance to move to Middlesbrough in favour of West Brom, having expressed a desire to play for a free-flowing, attack-minded Baggies side who have scored more goals than any other Championship side.

West Brom were also willing to pay a loan fee for a player who would surely have added some speed and creativity to a rather predictable Middlesbrough attack.

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