Rangers were told last week their hopes of signing Jacob Murphy on loan from Newcastle United were over after he won over Steve Bruce in early season, Football Insider understands.
As revealed by this site, the Gers made an approach for the 25-year-old along with Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Stoke City in the race to land him on a season-long loan deal.
But the quartet were informed last week that Murphy would be remaining at St James’ Park despite the landmark signings this month of the likes of Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson.
SB on Jacob Murphy:
"I won't be letting him out on loan. He deserves to stay with us and he's improved enormously. He's had a really good pre-season and has shown a great attitude. He's benefited from being out on loan last season and has really given us food for thought." pic.twitter.com/c0M69MzHzi
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 23, 2020
That was confirmed publicly last night by Bruce after Murphy’s starring role in Newcastle’s biggest ever competitive away win at Morecambe in the EFL Cup.
The winger scored the third of his team’s goals in the 7-0 thrashing and played the full 90 minutes as he reignited his career at the north-east giants.
Bruce praised Murphy for his “enormous” improvement and “great attitude” after a “really good pre-season”.
It is a major blow to Rangers, who had hoped to take advantage of the £3million-valued star’s fringe status at Newcastle.
Murphy, who can play on either wing, had not played for Newcastle for 20 months before his substitute appearance in last week’s 1-0 EFL Cup win over Blackburn.
His second outing in a week, as Bruce selected a strong team against lower league Morecambe, shows the turnaround in his career.
He 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.
Murphy scored four goals in the Owls’ final five Championship games and his fine form has caught the eye of Rangers boss Steven Gerrard.
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