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Could Newcastle United’s Daryl Murphy be set for a sensational move to Sunderland?

Jake Jackman



There are a number of Championship clubs chasing Daryl Murphy this summer and it is possible that he could be part of an incredible transfer this summer. The Sunderland Echo report that Sunderland are interested in bringing the striker back to the Stadium of Light for a second spell with the club.

There are few transfers between Sunderland and Newcastle United, but this is certainly one that would make sense for both clubs. There will be competition for his signature, however, as the Irish Sun reports that Aston Villa and Birmingham City are both interested in the striker.

Why do Championship clubs want to sign the 34-year-old?

The answer to that question is simple. There are few strikers that possess the experience and know-how that Murphy does, especially where the Championship is concerned. He has played at this level for the majority of his career and has always carried a goal threat.

Although his best season came during the 2014/15 campaign, during which he scored 27 goals, he remains a very good player in this division. Last season, he scored a goal every 137.6 minutes for Newcastle. That is an impressive record considering he was playing a supporting role.

Eyebrows were raised when Rafa Benitez opted to bring Murphy to Tyneside last summer. It was seen as a poor signing from the off, but the Champions League winning manager knew exactly what the Irishman would provide. He barely featured during the opening months of the season due to injury, but he repaid his transfer fee after the turn of the year.

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Newcastle were facing a pivotal week of the season as they had to travel to Brighton and Huddersfield in a matter of days. They won both of those matches and Murphy played a part in both victories. He works hard for his team and is a great personality to have around the training ground.

The Magpies may no longer want him in the Premier League, but that doesn’t mean that his contributions haven’t been appreciated. He will leave with the best wishes of supporters, even if he did end up joining Sunderland – and that speaks volumes about the sort of man and player that the striker is.

Will he join Sunderland?

There is interest from the Black Cats and it is a move that would benefit all three parties, despite the rivalry between the clubs. Newcastle need to offload players as their squad and wage bill need to be trimmed; Sunderland need Championship-hardened players and Murphy will want a move to play regularly.

There will be some supporters that won’t want to sign a rival player, especially one that Newcastle no longer want on the books, but their standing has changed. They are no longer a Premier League club and they need to make signings that suit the division they are now in. Murphy would be a great addition.

The difficulty will be the interest from other clubs. Sunderland want the player on loan and Newcastle will prefer a permanent sale. If another club makes a cash offer, then it will be difficult for the Black Cats to convince their North East rivals to loan the player. It’s more likely that he moves elsewhere, but that doesn’t mean that this isn’t a fascinating story to follow.

Jake is a journalist based in the South East. He is a Newcastle United fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Newcastle United fans divided after Nicolai Jorgensen performance

The Danish striker has long been linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Mathew Nash



Denmark played out a 1-1 draw with Australia in the World Cup this afternoon. A controversial penalty was converted by Aston Villa midfielder Mile Jedinak to give the Socceroos a deserved draw against their European opponents. But the opening goal of the game might have been one of the best in the tournament so far.

Christian Eriksen smashed home a delicious left-foot half-volley to give the Danes the lead. However, it was the assist from a Newcastle United target that had fans talking on social media.

Nicolai Jorgensen played a brilliant reverse pass into the path of Eriksen. The Feyenoord striker has long been linked with Newcastle United. Over the weekend The Sun reported that Newcastle would need to pay £20 million for the player.

Newcastle were previously linked with the player in January, with a £15 million bid being rejected.

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That interest appears to have continued and it is easy to see why. Jorgensen was the Eredivisie’s top scorer in 2016-17, scoring 25 goals in 45 games.

But there is also a case suggesting he is not worth the money. He scored just 13 goals last season and against Peru in the opening game of the World Cup he struggled.

It is clear that scoring goals is not really his specialty. His link-up play is brilliant but some Newcastle fans feel he would simply not score goals in England.

Here is how Newcastle United fans reacted to his display…

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Newcastle should move for Senegal star M’Baye Niang

Newcastle are looking for attacking additions this summer.

Jamie Watts



Newcastle United are reportedly in the market for new forwards this summer, according to the Northern Echo, with Rafa Benitez identifying the Magpies’ attacking output as a key weakness last term, despite their impressive 10th place finish. And a new target should emerge from yesterday’s World Cup clash between Senegal and Poland.

The Africans surprisingly came away as victors, having been helped by two massive defensive errors from the European outfit, with Grzegorz Krychowiak’s late goal proving nothing more than a consolation.

Torino striker M’Baye Niang proved to be a thorn in the side of Poland all game, landing the man of the match award, as his pace and power proved too much for Thiago Rangel Cionek and accomplished right-back Lukasz Piszczek to deal with.

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His shining moment came in the 60th minute, when he returned onto the field of play from injury and promptly latched onto a poor back-pass, eventually rounding the out-rushing Wojciech Szczesny and slotting into an empty net – notably scoring his first ever Senegal goal with his first shot on target.

And Newcastle should be keeping an eye on the 23-year-old throughout the tournament. Current targets such as Salomon Rondon and Jordan Ayew are underwhelming for fans and Rafa Benitez could look to make a statement by bringing in the former Watford loanee.

His physicality and raw speed suit the Premier League to a tee, and given regular playing-time the forward could become a sensation in England. However, he has recently agreed to join Torino on a permanent basis, meaning any deal would likely be a loan deal at the moment. A deal is still possible though, as Niang will be likely play second-fiddle to Andrea Belotti next term.

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Newcastle United should rekindle Miguel Layun interest after stunning World Cup performance

The 29-year-old was wanted by Newcastle last summer.

Mathew Nash



Mexico caused a World Cup shock yesterday, defeating reigning champions Germany 1-0 in Moscow. It was a fantastic performance by El Tri, who decimated the world champions with a fearsome display of counter-attacking football.

There were many performances that caught the eye, with Javier Hernandez, Hirving Lozano and Hector Herrera all outstanding. But former Watford man Miguel Layun also put in a tremendous display.

It was one which will hopefully see Newcastle United rekindle their efforts to sign him.

Playing on the right-hand side of midfield he was a constant thorn in the side of Marvin Plattenhardt for Germany. Meanwhile, his impressive ability to work up and down the pitch the entire game left Julian Draxler completely nullified.

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Currently contracted to Porto he spent the second half of last season with Sevilla, who have a permanent deal lined up. However, last summer saw Newcastle linked with a move for the player.

Valued at £6 million, Rafa Benitez is reportedly a fan and wanted him to help their survival hopes last term- as reported by Record, among others. No deal ever came off but 12 months down the line Newcastle should try again.

Layun proved against Germany just how impressive an athlete he is. The 29-year-old is also extremely versatile. Capable at both left and right-back, on either wing or even in central midfield he would solve many problems for Newcastle United.

With Sevilla dawdling over a permanent deal for the Mexican the Magpies should consider coming knocking once again.

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