According to the Telegraph, Jacob Murphy is set to have a medical at West Brom next week – suggesting the signing of another winger at NUFC could be imminent, with Rafa only willing to let him go if a replacement arrives.
It was reported yesterday that Murphy was closing in on the move, however Lee Ryder insisted that it will only be sanctioned once a replacement is lined up by the club. The fact a ‘medical’ is booked in suggests he may have an incoming deal already lined up?
In addition, Ryder has also confirmed that forgotten man Achraf Lazaar is in talks to join Serie A side Cagliari.
If these reports are al true, it could be two in and two out – with Murphy and Lazaar leaving on loan and Lukaku and a Murphy replacement arriving (both on loan no doubt).
West Brom could be a great confidence-boosting move for Murphy – providing he plays.
They were dealt a blow to their promotion charge with Leicester re-calling promising winger Harvey Barnes, who scored seven goals from the left wing fro them this season, so they must see Murphy as a good replacement, considering his previous Championship experience.
He’s been in and, more often than not, out of Rafa’s plans and a loan move may be good for him to find some form and at 22, he understandably wants to be playing football.
Having not appeared for Newcastle first team this season and banished to the reserves, you imagine the Lazaar deal will go through if Cagliari can work out a deal – a player Newcastle will be pleased to move on after a move that just hasn’t worked for either party.
We finally seem to be seeing some transfer activity this window now but as always, we seem to struggle to get incomings ‘over the line.’ Either way, you sense this is a key week in our hopes of staying up and the future of Benitez.