Sunderland are desperately in need of some enthusiasm after a disappointing start to the League One campaign which has seen Jack Ross’ side pick up two points – and a Rangers star could bring that excitement back.
The Black Cats are supposedly one of the clubs in with a chance of promotion this season, in what is their second campaign in the third tier of English football. Last season, they suffered defeat in the play-off final.
However, the club have lost Lewis Morgan as an option out wide and have failed to replace the Celtic star – who returned to the Scottish champions and looks to be in with a chance of becoming a regular under Neil Lennon.
Ross has constantly used Scottish football as a talent pool, and he could be eyeing a move north of the border to finally bring in a much-needed winger to replace Scotland international Morgan. Jamie Murphy should be that man.
The Sun have claimed Rangers are looking to offload five players before the end of the window, with Joe Dodoo, Graham Dorrans, Jason Holt and Eros Grezda all expected to leave permanently. Murphy can leave on loan.
Murphy, 29, is still on the comeback trail after snapping his anterior cruciate ligament on the artificial surface at Kilmarnock during the early stages of the 2018-19 campaign. He is allowed to leave on loan.
The former Brighton winger has excellent form in England’s third tier, with all of his 95 League One outings coming during his spell with Sheffield United. He scored 17 goals in that time, as well as laying on 14 assists.
Now more experienced, Murphy has the ability to give Sunderland the ammunition required to secure promotion come May 2020. It would be somewhat of a coup, but the Black Cats have got to chance their arm for Murphy.