Jacob Murphy currently having medical ahead of West Brom move – Sky Sports
Jacob Murphy is now in the West Midlands having his medical.
Sky Sports revealing that the player is joining West Brom until the end of the season, providing the medical doesn’t throw up any problems.
Earlier today The Telegraph reported that Newcastle were trying to put together a deal that would have seen Salomon Rondon tied down longer-term.
The report saying that a one year extra loan could potentially be agreed, with a Jacob Murphy loan to the Baggies for the rest of this season, being a makeweight in the deal.
However, since that was published around noon, further reports have claimed that any deal involving Rondon isn’t going to happen.
Miguel Almiron was unveiled this afternoon as a Newcastle player, for an undisclosed transfer fee, though various reports are putting the figure at around £16m/£17m up front, with future add-ons taking the final figure up to around the £20m/£21m mark.
It is ironic that within hours of the Almiron deal, Rafa’s previous biggest Premier League signing is set to go elsewhere, even if only temporarily for the time being. Jacob Murphy having cost £10m up front in summer 2017 and never threatening to trigger the £2m in bonus payments to Norwich, depending on hitting certain milestones.
After only 13 Premier League starts last season, Murphy has been all but totally ignored this season, starting only three of 24 PL matches.
He has shown odd signs of quality, nowhere more so than that goal at Man City.
However, he definitely appears to lack at least one vital ingredient needed to play for Newcastle.
Whilst other players down the years have been inspired when faced with 50,000 fans at every home match, instead Murphy appears to lack confidence and be intimidated by playing at St James Park.
Maybe being a lifelong Newcastle fan from a Newcastle United supporting family is too much pressure.
Here’s hoping he can go to West Brom on loan and rediscover his mojo, then come back a more confident and effective player. Or at least as an alternative help him get a permanent move elsewhere in the summer.
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