Newcastle United are reported on Monday morning to be favourites to sign Jacob Murphy.

The midfielder had his breakthrough season in 2015/16, playing his first full year of first team football when on loan at Coventry at the age of 20.

Playing alongside Adam Armstrong who scored 20 goals on loan from Newcastle, Jacob Murphy scored nine of his own as he started 29 League One matches and came off the bench 11 times.

Whilst Armstrong went out on another, this time largely disappointing, loan at Barnsley, Murphy instead returned to Norwich and starred last season.

Starting 32 Championship matches plus five as a sub, the midfielder registered an impressive nine league goals and six assists.

It was always possible that players would have caught Rafa Benitez’ eye during Newcastle’s second tier season and allegedly that is the case with Jacob Murphy.

He was arguably Norwich’s best player in the two games against Newcastle last season, scoring the first goal for the Canaries in the 2-2 draw at Carrow Road, whilst he got an assist when Cameron Jerome put Norwich 2-1 up at St James Park before then scoring himself to put the visitors 3-1 ahead with only 21 minutes left on the clock.

That game ended dramatically of course as Newcastle won 4-3, scoring only two minutes after Murphy’s goal and then two late goals in injury time.

After the match many Norwich supporters blamed Alex Neil and his substitutions/tactics, as soon as Murphy made it 3-1, he replaced him with defender Ryan Bennett in an attempt to see out the game. However, Norwich fans felt, probably rightly, that this simply invited Newcastle to attack.

The midfielder has a twin brother, Josh, who also plays for Norwich as a striker.

A two footed player, Jacob Murphy was part of the England Under 21s squad this summer, scoring the goal that put them through to the semi finals of the Under 21 Euros.

The player is being widely reported to be also chased by Southampton and Crystal Palace but with Newcastle most likely to land him and have a value of around £8m, although Norwich fans have reacted to the transfer story with claims that he is worth at least £12m in today’s market.

Since the Newcastle transfer link was published, a photo has circulated on social media which is claimed to show the two Murphy brothers as young kids in NUFC away shirts, with one set of grandparents apparently coming from the north east.

  • Gareth Marshall

    When I see the prices been touted for players with very little experience I cannot help but balk, yet at the same time I totally accept that this has become the going rate for players these days.

    I’m not soo sure though that we are in a position to be investing out transfer kitty in a prospect, I’d be happy to sign him he looks to have all the attributes of a good player in the making, but in this crucial transfer window I’d prefer that the cash was spent on players with a proven track record of playing at the top level, even if they are no spring chicken.

    We need players who know what they are doing, who know what the premier league demands and can deliver right now, not in 2-3 years time.

    Thats not me saying that we shouldn’t be investing in youth, I’m all for the development squad being bolstered too, but not right now and not for £8m a pop.

  • John

    That’s nufc always buying for the future today

  • Geordiegiants

    Yet another very very boring story. Do we not have staff writers that could be a bit more inventive and write a peice on Newcastle, that isn’t boring transfer rumours, or old has been story’s.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Wonderful. i can see us making a real fist of it in the Premiership

    Viva La Rafalution

  • 1957

    Another day another player we are ‘favorites’ to sign…hasta la Rafalución

  • 1974

    Josh and Jacob are good players, and would improve our squad. Jacob is a better and fitter version of Aarons and 10 times better than Gouffran. I’d love to sign them both. And they do have link up here so given the choice I’m sure they would choose us over palace or Southampton.

  • Oooh bobbi fleckman

    Good player, the right age but I suspect not one the Rafa will pin premier league survival on. Personally, I think he’s exactly the player we should sign.

  • Steve Pearce

    Stop panning the writers! In the Chronicle you have Lee Ryder and his crew spewing out endless shyte about Moussa Sissoko at every opportunity when they are dreaming of rubbing him down with baby oil. What a bunch of collar and cuffs!