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Report: Newcastle hurry to hold contract talks with star who’s ‘improved enormously’ amid Euro interest

Newcastle United will hold further talks with Jacob Murphy over signing a new contract, according to Sky Sports.

The Toon are insistent that Murphy is not for sale this summer amid interest from Burnley and Porto. But the 26-year-old is entering the final year of his deal and has been eyed by Bayer Leverkusen and Galatasaray.

Southampton, Watford and Leeds are also monitoring Murphy’s situation, per The Sun. The winger enjoyed a strong finish to the Premier League campaign last season filling in at full-back for Steve Bruce.

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Newcastle want Murphy to sign a long-term deal and commit his future to the club this summer. The Toon paid Norwich £12m for the forward in 2017, but he only secured a role after loans with West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday.

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The Owls explored a second temporary deal for the Englishman last year, but Bruce refused to sanction the move. The Newcastle boss felt Murphy deserved a shot at St James’ Park after he ‘improved enormously’, via Chronicle Live.

Murphy played a bit-part role in the Premier League over the opening months last season. But the former U21 international started each of the last nine and ended the campaign with two goals and three assists in 26 appearances.

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Newcastle will surely want Murphy to put pen to paper as soon as possible given the interest in his services. And Bruce should see that the Toon agree terms with the London-born dynamo as soon possible so that he stays.

Murphy showed last term he can offer Newcastle an option both on the wing and in defence. His energy allows the 26-year-old to motor up and down the right-hand channel, and has an eye for the right cross or knows when to shoot.

His decision making was not always perfect last season, but Murphy got it right more often than not. It is no wonder that so many clubs are now keeping tabs on his situation with a view to raiding Newcastle for the £25,000-per-week ace.

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