Jacob Murphy is attracting interest from Championship play-off finalists Brentford, according to the Northern Echo.
Scott Wilson’s latest piece on the 25-year-old’s future states that Steve Bruce is looking to cash in on the winger, despite his impressive loan spell with Sheffield Wednesday last season.
Middlesbrough are believed to have shown interest in a season-long loan, with Derby, Stoke, Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest also linked, however seeing Brentford’s name thrown into the mix could give Newcastle United’s recruitment team some food for thought.
Why? Because it was revealed just a few days ago that their star striker Ollie Watkins is one of our leading targets this summer in our bid for a new goalscorer.
This came from The Chronicle, who also stated the Bees would be ‘prepared to do a deal’ with us over their 26-goal hitman, raising the question is a potential part-exchange something we could explore.
Elsewhere, the Daily Record report that Steven Gerrard is keen to bring the former England U-21 winger to Rangers.
With that in mind, is previously linked striker Alfredo Morelos – who Bruce is said to be a fan of – someone we could look to sign while using Murphy as bait?
It’s fantasy talk for now, but part-exchanges may be popular this summer and a good way to get deals done now so many are looking to trade without eating into their post-COVID budgets.
The Athletic’s Chris Waugh recently revealed that this is an approach we’ve been exploring this summer, and it’s easy to see why when Bruce’s budget of £30m gives him little room for manoeuvre unless we buy and sell smartly.
It’s also quite telling that the Northern Echo claim we are unlikely to get any sizeable bids close to the £12m paid for Murphy this summer, making a loan deal more likely, but perhaps using him as bait in a potential part-exchange for one of Brentford or Rangers’ star men could be something to look at?
A hypothetical thought, but it’s an option I’d like to see us explore given we seem unlikely to compete over any cash deals for Watkins or Morelos.