Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has played down speculation linking Josh Murphy with a move to Nottingham Forest, Derby County or Sheffield Wednesday, while speaking to Wales Online.
With the £11 million winger struggling for game-time in South Wales, you’d think that a potential reunion with his former Norwich City boss Chris Hughton would hold at least some appeal.
The BBC reports that Hughton’s resurgent Nottingham Forest side are keen to sign Murphy on loan until the end of the season.
Relegation-threatened neighbours Derby are also interested, along with a Sheffield Wednesday side who enjoyed great success with Murphy’s twin brother Jacob in the second-half of 2019/20.
But, after handing the 25-year-old his first start since November in the recent FA Cup third round defeat to Forest, Harris appears to have little interest in letting Murphy join a direct Championship rival.
“Enquiries, yes. Anything realistic, no. At the moment, Josh stays a huge part of it,” explained the former Millwall boss of a man who was handed his first senior start by Hughton in 2014.
“Josh is a player we have spoken about before, having not had a lot of game-time, and is naturally someone who might need some minutes.
“Josh has trained really well and continues to train well. He played against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and didn’t quite have the impact in the final third, but I was really pleased with his application and performance.
“So, at the moment, no, nothing in that.”
Given that Joe Lolley and Anthony Knockaert have managed just two goals and two assists between them this season, Nottingham Forest fans would surely welcome the arrival of a winger with bags of potential.
Yet perhaps Forest would be better off giving minutes to the exciting 18-year-old Alex Mighten instead. The teenager has been a beacon of light in a difficult season for the two-time European champions.
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