Newcastle United are hoping to conclude the signing of Norwich City youngster Jacob Murphy, with Rafa Benitez keen to wrap up an £8.5million deal for the midfielder according to The Mirror.
The England under 21 international has reportedly attracted Premier League interest, but it is understood that The Magpies are favourites to snap him up.
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Murphy impressed in a loan spell at Coventry City, before featuring for his parent club Norwich and earning a place in Aidy Boothroyd’s squad for the under 21’s Championship.
Newcastle are said to be the frontrunners to land him, despite interest from Crystal Palace and Southampton, as they look to build a squad which can consolidate their place in the Premier League.
Benitez’s men were promoted back to the top division as champions in 2016-17, winning the Championship thanks to Aston Villa holding Brighton & Hove Albion to a draw on the final day.
It came just one year after their Premier League status was removed, as they bounced straight back up under the guidance of their Spanish coach.
The Magpies will be hoping for a permanent stay, but their business in the current window has left their boss frustrated as they have failed to sign a number of key targets.
Newcastle had been touted to secure the services of Tammy Abraham, and despite meeting the forward personally he picked Swansea City instead.
Benitez also missed out on bringing Willy Caballero to St James’ Park, as he could have wrapped up the goalkeeper’s services on a free.
So far Newcastle have signed former loanee Christian Atsu on a permanent deal from Chelsea, while Spanish defender Florian Lejeune has also joined from Eibar.
Murphy’s acquisition would certainly be a promising addition ahead of the new season but Norwich will surely hold out for a sizeable fee if they are to cash-in on their prize asset.