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.
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.
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