Jacob Murphy spent the second half of the 2018/19 season on loan at West Brom but they don’t want to buy him this summer, according to the Chronicle.
They report that having failed to gain promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking through the play-offs, the Baggies are not interested in Newcastle’s asking price for the winger.
Newcastle are a side short on pace and creativity but that has not seen Rafa Benitez turn to Murphy, who the BBC report cost £12m when he joined from Norwich back in 2017.
Murphy made just two league starts for Newcastle this season, the most recent of which was in September, as Benitez’s expensive decision to sign him has turned out to be a flop.
He made 13 Championship appearances in the West Midlands, scoring twice, and started Tuesday’s play-off semi-final second leg against Aston Villa in the enforced absence of another Newcastle loanee Dwight Gayle, who was sent off for two yellow cards in Saturday’s first leg.
So even though the Baggies clearly have a liking for the Englishman, they are put off by the asking price and that raises the prospect that Newcastle must lower their demands or face being lumbered with Murphy for yet another season.