EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke
Sheffield Wednesday are in pole position to sign Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy on loan in the final 36 hours of the window, Football Insider can reveal.
The Yorkshire club have edged ahead of Murphy’s other suitors Derby County, Huddersfield and Fulham in the bid to land the 24-year-old by tomorrow’s cut-off.
A Wednesday source has told Football Insider that they are confident of winning the race for Murphy following negotiations in recent hours.
The four leading Championship clubs are keen on taking Murphy for the 2019-20 season as they look to take advantage of his new availability, which was revealed by Football Insider yesterday.
There is a growing expectation that, barring any late hurdles, he will be a Wednesday player for the 2019-20 campaign by tomorrow evening.
Manager Steve Bruce, who controversially quit Wednesday to take over at Newcastle last month, has given the green light for Murphy to go out on loan after signing winger Allan Saint-Maximin.
He has made 41 senior appearances for Newcastle since arriving from Norwich City for £10m in the summer of 2017, but spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom.
Murphy, who has been capped six times by England at Under-21 level, is predominantly a right winger but can play in any of the attacking positions behind the main centre-forward.
In other Sheffield Wednesday news, it can be REVEALED that the club have submitted offer to two-times promotion winner.