TEAMtalk are reporting that highly-rated 17-year-old central defender Luca Murphy has left Hartlepool United by mutual consent.
He is a top youngster coming through the ranks and Newcastle have been alerted to his availability.
Murphy never signed a professional contract at Hartlepool and he has been looking to leave his current club for some time.
Fulham almost had a deal for him agreed in January but that fell through.
The 17-year-old central defender did not have a professional deal with Pools, and it has been clear for some time that he was looking to move on after a move to Premier League Fulham failed to materialize in January.
Luca Murphy – tuned 17 last September
Manchester United, Tottenham, Leicester, Cardiff and Wolves, as well as Newcastle, are interested in signing the player.
This is what is said about him on the Hartlepool website:
“A promising young centre-back who has been on the books at Pools for eight years.”
“Comfortable on the ball and able to play with either foot, he’s athletic, confident and rarely fazed.”
“Something (that was) highlighted when he was asked to step into the Youth Team last season whilst still an U-16.”
The young Englishman will soon be signing his first professional deal and hopefully, Rafa Benitez at Newcastle will be an attractive option for him.
Rafa is always on the lookout for good teenagers who he can develop on Tyneside to become starters in the Newcastle first team.
We hope can get Luca Murphy to Newcastle.
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