EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Luke Murphy has agreed a deal to join Bolton on a free transfer hours after quitting Leeds United, Football Insider sources understands.
Murphy left Leeds on Wednesday night after cancelling his contract by mutual consent following five years at Elland Road after discussions with United top brass, led by director of football Victor Orta.
Bolton have moved to snap up Murphy on a free transfer once he left Leeds as Phil Parkinson looks to bolster his squad before the start of the new season.
A well placed source has told Football Insider that Murphy has agreed a two-year deal at Bolton and is set to go straight into the squad for this weekend’s opening game of the season against West Bromwich Albion.
The 28-year-old had found himself out of favour at Leeds during the last two seasons and he did not figure in Marcelo Bielsa’s plans going forward.
Murphy joined Leeds from Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 2013 and went on to make 111 appearances for the Whites,
The talented midfielder has spent the last 18 months out on loan at Burton Albion and he made 57 appearances during his time with the Brewers.