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Watford have been handed a potential blow in their pursuit of Jacob Murphy, according to Chronicle Live.
The Newcastle United player is facing an uncertain future with his contract at St James’ Park due to expire in just over 12 months’ time.
Reports from Football Insider have linked the Hornets and Scottish champions Rangers with a move for the winger who is said to be valued at around £3million.
It seems that Newcastle hold the cards regarding the player’s future, but should the Hornets be pushing to try and complete a deal this summer?
The team at FLW have their say…
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This looks like it could be a smart bit of business to me.
Even though they look set to secure promotion, money is likely to be tighter than usual this summer so signing a player of Murphy’s quality for a potential reported fee of £3 million would represent a fantastic bit of business.
He’s shown he’s capable playing as a winger or a wing-back, which would make him a very useful squad player for Xisco Munoz to have.
I worry about the Hornets losing some of their key forwards in the summer, so looking to add some more dynamism to that area is certainly a positive.
This would be a brilliant signing for Watford to make in the summer whatever league they happen to be playing, with Murphy a player with a lot of quality and also the versatility to play as both on the wing and also at full-back if needed.
Murphy has not always been a regular starter for Newcastle this season, but whenever he has played he has stood out for his work rate and also the moments of quality he has provided. He scored a quality free-kick away at Wolves in the first half of the campaign and then fired in a fine strike in their recent win at Burnley. That shows the extra quality he could bring to the Hornets.
There are others interested in Murphy and you would expect that Newcastle might well want to keep hold of him. That suggests that Watford will have to work hard to try and get this signing over the line and convince him that they can offer regular first-team football next term.
It would be a smart addition for Watford to make and would show that they are going about their recruitment sensibly ahead of a potential return to the top-flight.
I’m not particularly sure about this one.
I’ve always been a bit sceptical as to why it hasn’t really worked out for Murphy and why he’s never been able to hit the heights expected of him.
He’s had an okay season in the Premier League and had a say in a few goals, but I think he needs to improve as he continues to get older.
But Xisco is a good coach who is getting the best out of the attacking players at Watford, so a change in style could bring the best out of Murphy.
If they can get that quality out of him then it would be a top addition.