Newcastle United will let winger Jacob Murphy leave the club before the transfer window closes, according to the Northern Echo.
They report that Steve Bruce is willing to sanction a temporary departure for the man who cost Newcastle a reported £12 million (BBC) back in 2017 but spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom.
And the report also says that Bruce has his eye on Bournemouth winger Jordon Ibe, who cost a reported (BBC) £15 million when he joined the Cherries in 2016 but has slipped down the pecking order since.
That would be something of a like for like switch, with Newcastle likely hoping that the moves could reignite the careers of two English wingers whose careers have stalled somewhat in recent times.
Newcastle jumped through hoops to get Murphy from Norwich back in 2017, when it was hoped that he could add much-needed pace and invention to Rafa Benitez’s squad.
But that has never come to fruition, with the promise he showed as a younger player subsiding to wastefulness as he has perhaps struggled to adapt to life at Newcastle.
It says something that Steve Bruce looks set to give even Yoshinori Muto a second bite of the cherry at St James’ Park but will let Murphy leave – he needs to impress.