Nottingham Forest are among a clutch of clubs chasing Newcastle United winger Jacob Murphy, according to Team Talk. Middlesbrough, Derby County and Stoke City are also interesting in signing the Magpies fringe player.
The 25-year-old began at Norwich City and was part of their youth team that won the FA Youth Cup during the 2012/13 campaign, along with his brother Josh.
Last season, Jacob spent the season on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, enjoying a second loan spell after featuring for West Brom the season previous.
Murphy netted nine times for the Owls last season and assisted a further six. A move to back to Hillsborough does look unlikely with finances extremely tight amid a 12-point deduction for the 2020/21 campaign.
Forest will certainly go in search of some more attacking talent during the transfer window – with wide areas a particular consideration.
Forest had Joe Lolley and Sammy Ameobi out wide last season but after those two, options are limited.
Adama Diakhaby failed to make an impact and has returned to Huddersfield, whilst Nuno Da Costa, who played there for a number of games after the restart, isn’t a natural option.
Albert Adomah is an option after returning from Cardiff City but it remains to be seen whether Sabri Lamouchi considers him part of his squad.
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The Newcastle man would be a quality addition to the Forest ranks if the Reds can see off their rivals for his signature.
A loan looks likely with Murphy currently on £25,000-a-week at St James’ Park, although a clause might be inserted with the option of making it permanent.
Murphy has blistering pace and is also capable of chipping in with goals which could make him ideal for the Reds.
Ameobi and Lolley will likely remain the first choice but with Murphy snapping at their heels they’d know their performances would need to be spot on.