The news today is that Rafa Benitez is not happy with the level of incoming transfer business achieved at Newcastle and the Spanish manager will be coming in from his home – in the Wirral near Liverpool – in the next few days to get everything set up for preseason training which starts a week tomorrow.
And you can bet your life that Lee Charnley is trying his very best to complete some deals next week so that we have some new faces for July 3rd – in addition to the already signed Christian Atsu.
One player we are reported to be going after is Norwich City’s 22 year-old forward Jacob Murphy who is currently with the England U21 squad in Poland and getting ready to play in the semi-final of that tournament.
Norwich City’s 22 year-old forward Jacob Murphy
The Chronicle is reporting today that Newcastle are putting in an initial bid of £8M for the forward, but the Canaries will turn that down as they want up to £12M for their star player.
Jacob has a twin brother Josh who is also at Norwich and they were born in Wembley and they both joined Norwich City 11 years ago, back in 2006 when they were just 11 years old.
Jacob has been on loan at lots of different clubs to gain first team experience and those clubs include Swindon Town, Southend United, Blackpool, Scunthorpe United and Coventry City.
In total Jacob has played 76 times on loan with 16 goals and in the 2015-2016 season he scored 11 goals in 40 appearances for Coventry so was on loan at that time with Adam Armstrong who scored 20 goals in 40 appearances for the Sky Blues.
He has played for the England U18, U19, U20 and U21 sides and is currently playing for England in the European Championships in Poland and he’s looking good.
Last season he was impressive and scored 9 goals and had 8 assists in 40 appearances for Norwich City in the Championship.
Josh and Jacob Murphy – Jacob is on the right!
His twin Josh has played for the England U18, U19 and U20 sides and is also attracting attention because of his good play – in fact last season Josh played 36 games for Norwich and scored 10 goals and had 9 assists.
Maybe we should sign them both?
In the poll we put out earlier today most Newcastle fans would rather pay the extra and bring in Leicester City winger Demarai Gray for £20M.
What do you think?