Steve Bruce open to deal for £5.4m-rated Newcastle ace targeted in late window swoop – report

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is open to Jacob Murphy leaving the club on loan, after strong second-tier interest emerged in the rarely-seen winger, according to Football Insider.

The boss is claimed by a club source to have deemed the 24-year-old as someone he can make do without this season, as the Norwich City product will not form a key part of his plans as he takes up his first Premier League season in charge of the Magpies.

Allan Saint-Maximin’s arrival from OGC Nice has also proven to further push Murphy down the pecking order on Tyneside, despite the 5 ft 6 wide man featuring throughout our pre-season schedule.

A number of Championship sides are keen to secure a return to the second-tier for Murphy, after he spent the second half of last season on loan with West Bromwich Albion. The former England youth international joined the Baggies on Deadline Day in January, and played 15 games for the Hawthorns natives across all competitions, penning two goals and one assist.

Fulham, Derby County, Huddersfield Town and Bruce’s former side Sheffield Wednesday have been credited with interest by The Sun’s Phil Cadden, and have until Thursday, August 8 at 17:00 to finalise a deal.

The London-born forward was frequently named on the Newcastle teamsheet following his £10million move from the Canaries in 2017, but Murphy fell out of favour under Rafa Benitez last season before leaving Tyneside on loan.

Having made 25 outings in the Premier League during his debut campaign, spread over both wings, £5.4million-rated Murphy saw his minutes dwindle last season, with just six substitute appearances joining three starting call-ups.

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