By Wayne Veysey

24th Nov, 2020 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Newcastle offering Murphy new deal

Newcastle United are set to offer Jacob Murphy a new contract to block clubs including Rangers trying to sign him in January, Football Insider understands.

The 25-year-old has reignited his St James’ Park career after winning over Steve Bruce, who stopped him going out on loan in September.

A Newcastle source has told Football Insider the club plan to offer Murphy an extension to his contract, which expires next summer.

The Premier League club do not want to lose the former Norwich City star on a free transfer next summer, or to a cut-price January deal.

As revealed by this site, Rangers made an approach to sign Murphy along with Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Stoke City in the race to land him on a season-long loan.

The former £10million man remains on the radar of the Light Blues ahead of the January window.

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Rangers could sign Murphy on a pre-contract deal as cross-border rules mean they would not have to pay a fee to tie him down early ahead of next summer.

Steven Gerrard’s side are an increasingly attractive option for leading players south of the border, with Ryan Kent, Jermain Defoe, Kemar Roofe, Scott Arfield, Steven Davis and Allan McGregor among those who have headed north of the border in the last two years.

Murphy, who can play on either wing, had not played for Newcastle for 20 months before being recalled to Bruce’s team in the EFL Cup in September.

He has gone on to make eight appearances for United this season, including starts in the last four Premier League matches.

Murphy spent the whole of last season at Sheffield Wednesday and made a total of 44 appearances, with nine goals and six assists under his belt.

In other news, Rangers are “very keen” to seal blockbuster deal by 1 January as talks lined up.