Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has provided an update on the transfer status of Jacob Murphy amid links to Rangers and several English clubs [Newcastle United FC Twitter].
It was indicated that the Magpies were willing to listen to offers for Murphy but TEAMtalk‘s claim that Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby and Stoke were all also interested, suggested that the Gers faced considerable competition.
Now, though, it sounds like Murphy could end up staying at St James’ Park.
“I won’t be letting him out on loan,” said Steve Bruce, as quoted by Newcastle United’s official Twitter. “He deserves to stay with us and he’s improved enormously.”
“He’s had a really good pre-season and has shown a great attitude. He’s benefited from being out on loan last season and has really given us food for thought.”
Bruce was speaking after Murphy scored once and notched an assist in a 7-0 away win for Newcastle against Morecambe in the third round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.
Newcastle boss Bruce gives transfer update on Rangers linked Jacob Murphy – Verdict
While central midfield has to be the priority for Rangers in what remains of the transfer window, the club is also short on wide players.
Jamie Murphy and Jake Hastie are both out on loan, while with Jordan Jones on the peripheries and Brandon Barker out injured, Ryan Kent is the only out-and-out winger who appears to be trusted by Steven Gerrard.
Murphy’s preference for the right flank also ensures both he and Kent could happily play in the same team.
The speedster hasn’t made the impact many expected at Newcastle since his big-money move three years ago, but with nine goals and four assists on loan at Sheffield Wednesday last season, he showed he can contribute at a good level when afforded a run of games.
It’s still possible that the Magpies could cash in on the former England youth international – whose contract expires in 2021 – but Bruce wants him to stay and fight for a spot, with his midweek display doing his chances of involvement in upcoming Premier League matches no harm.