Newcastle United are trying to complete a deal for Norwich City’s Jacob Murphy this week. The Mirror report that the Magpies are closing in on the winger ahead of an £8.5 million deal.
The 22-year-old impressed with the England Under-21 side and he could now be given an opportunity to push on in the Premier League.
Although there is competition from Southampton and Crystal Palace, it is believed that the player favours a move to the North East. This is due to Rafa Benitez being at the helm at St James’ Park.
What would he bring to St James’ Park?
Murphy is a direct winger, who looks to impact the game positively in the final third.
He has enough pace to cause defenders problems, but he prefers to use his strength to beat players when running with the ball. Despite his underwhelming physique, he is capable of jostling with opposition players and he often comes out on top.
The 22-year-old scored nine times for the Canaries, with many coming from distance. Not only is he confident enough to shoot from range, but he possesses a good technique and hits the target more often than most.
After several loan spells, Murphy is now ready to test himself at the highest level. He was one of the best Norwich players last season, weighing in with a further six assists.
Despite starting the season as one of the promotion favourites, the Canaries slipped down the table after a quick start. The team may have been struggling, but Murphy continued to impress and it was clear he possessed a positive mentality when it came to playing for the club.
He often favours playing in central areas, rather than hugging the touchline. This would suit Newcastle’s style of play, as Benitez often starts with inverted wingers. The England Under-21 international remains rough around the edges, but he could become a very good Premier League winger given the right coaching.
How likely is a deal?
It is important not to get too excited about transfer stories written about Newcastle, as there have been many this summer that have not come to fruition, despite the confidence of the journalist.
The Magpies are in the market for a winger and Murphy would be a good fit. He has a lot of potential and would grow as a player under Benitez. At the moment, the newly-promoted club can’t compete financially with many of their rivals, as they are still recovering from their relegation. A move for a hungry player like Murphy, for a fee under £10 million, would represent smart business.
Last week, it was reported by The Northern Echo that Norwich City were interested in Daryl Murphy, and it could be that the striker is included as part of the deal. This will lower the fee and give them an advantage over the other clubs interested in the winger. Although it is impossible to know what to believe at present when it comes to the Magpies, this does make sense and it is a story to keep an eye on over the next seven days.