Newcastle United trio Daryl Murphy, Karl Darlow and Grant Hanley could be set for another year in the second tier next season, with a host of Championship clubs showing interest in their services this summer.
Starting with Daryl Murphy, the veteran striker has been told he is free to leave the club this summer and it has emerged that Norwich could be set to make their move for the Irish International, with Newcastle hoping to recoup some of the £3m paid for him last summer.
Reading were linked with a £5m move for Karl Darlow earlier this week, and since then, Royals boss Jaap Staam has confirmed their interest in the 26-year-old, with Middlesbrough also believed to have entered the race for his signature.
Finally, Grant Hanley. The Scot is surplus to requirements at Newcastle, becoming our 5th choice centre-back following the arrival of Florian Lejeune. Sheffield Wednesday are believed to be ready to meet Newcastle’s asking price of £5.5m for the no-nonsense centre-back – a deal that makes sense for all parties.
Permanent moves away from Newcastle make sense for Murphy and Hanley, but I would be reluctant to sell Darlow, especially for £5m – a fee that doesn’t do a young, capable English goalkeeper justice given the inflated transfer fees being thrown around this summer.
A loan deal makes sense to me, although there is only so many keepers we can have on our books.