Report: Derby and Fulham want £12m Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy

Derby County manager \ head coach Phillip Cocu during the Pre-Season Friendly between Derby County v Girona at Pride Park Stadium on July 25, 2019 in Derby, England.

Murphy is reportedly leaving Newcastle United with four Championship clubs keen: Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday, Huddersfield and Derby.

Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United (07)takes on Ben Brereton of Blackburn Rovers (19)

Jacob Murphy is expected to leave Newcastle United on loan with Derby County, Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town all queuing up to sign the winger, according to The Sun (7 August, page 50).

Big things were expected when Murphy, an England U21 international and a boyhood Magpies fan, moved to St James’ Park from Norwich City in a £12 million deal two years ago.

 

But maybe the Premier League came too soon for a player who looked a cut above the division below alongside his twin brother Josh.

Murphy has just one goal and one assist in 31 top flight appearances so far and spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom. With Newcastle manager Steve Bruce bringing in Allan Saint-Maximin from Nice, it looks like the 24-year-old has now slipped even further down the pecking order.

Goalscorer Dwight Gayle of West Bromwich Albion (l) celebrates with Jay Rodriguez and Jacob Murphy at Bet365 Stadium on February 09, 2019 in Stoke on Trent, England.

So a return to the Championship, if only for 12 months, could be exactly what Murphy needs to kick-start his career.

The Sun claims that Derby, Fulham, Huddersfield and Sheffield Wednesday are all interested in a jet-heeled forward who provided nine goals and six assists in his final Championship campaign in Norwich colours.

It remains to be seen who is at the front of the queue but Derby, in particular, could be a wonderful opportunity with Phillip Cocu and Wayne Rooney imparting knowledge and experience on the training pitch.

Jacob Murphy of Newcastle United (07) celebrates with Salomon Rondon (9) after his assist which lead to the opening goal during the Premier League Match between Everton FC and Newcastle...

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