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Newcastle Attempting To Sign Talented Young English Defender

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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


95 comments so far

  • Jib

    Mar 20, 2019 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #41

    It’s on S4C if you don’t mind a Welsh commentary.
    Dummett is no 4 playing CB

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #42

    I knew it. There’s no pulling the wool over my eyes!

    Cool that dummett is getting international time at centre half. He wouldn’t be the first defender to start out wide and move infield

  • Jib

    Mar 20, 2019 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #43

    Don’t mention wool when there are Welshmen about

  • Jib

    Mar 20, 2019 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #44

    Serbia are beating Germany – the only Mitrovic
    is on the bench – Stefan – CB for Strasbourg

  • Jib

    Mar 20, 2019 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #45

    Goalless at half-time in Wrexham
    Not a very high standard tbf

  • Just a fan

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #46

    The racecourse ground record attendance was 344345against man united

  • Just a fan

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #47

    Please don’t let mister tuff and his little monkey lesh add two and two together.
    By the way mister tuff and lesh that makes four.
    I know your maths is debatable.

  • Jib

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #48

    Just a fan that’s 5 times the population of Wrexham

  • Just a fan

    Mar 20, 2019 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #49

    And five times lesh and tuffs brain cells
    Just kidding

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #50

    Mr Tuff given all your rule brittania breast beating and European union slagging, you can’t be happy that 9 out of 10 brits in a latest survey call the current situation a ‘national humiliation’?

  • jane

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #51

    “– Ashley wants him here but not purely on Rafa’s terms”

    we don’t know what Ashley and Rafa’s terms are. they could be in complete agreement or poles apart but we wouldn’t know. we can just speculate. unless some ITKs can tell us!

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #52

    Moanster – apologies but I’m a bit busy at the moment – may get back later.
    In the interim perhaps you could explain how saying 9 days to freedom and asking a poster to consider King Henry V speech at Harfleur and to consider the song Rule Britania is subsequently elevated to breast beating and slagging off the EU (and draws fire from loonies and haters on the outrage bus).
    Anyway busy drawing up plans for the future to catch straggling Germans.

  • jane

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:44 PM

    Comment #53

    i’m in the 1 out of 10 group as brexit has shown how unique and remarkable our parliament is.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #54

    “busy drawing up plans for the future to catch straggling Germans.”

    Lol Mister Tuff, do you think you’re Field Marshall Montgomery?

    In jest, rather than to give offence, just made me chuckle.

  • magscar

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:55 PM

    Comment #55


    My post was my view based on what little we do know. Based on things Rafa has mentioned about efficacy of over 26 year old signings, speeding up transfer activity amongst other pointers I felt it was a reasonable jump to speculate that Ashley does fully subscribe to Rates thinking.

    Of course if they were on the same page as regards “terms” would we be needing to speculate – wouldn’t a deal be ready for signing with just i’s dotting and t’s crossing?

  • lochinvar

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #56

    mackem fans have asked Bayer fans if they prefer NUFC or SUFC ?
    Bayer fans have confirmed SUFC replying because the mackem fans follow them,…..?
    So mackems prefer to follow a German club rather than their own !
    Says it all really

    Bayer 04 Leverkusen
    Sunderland follow us, so them
    Luke_ @GingerLegend03
    Replying to @bayer04_en
    Sunderland or Newcastle?

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #57

    jane, it has been a wonderful exercise in Democracy and the machinations of Government. Historians, Economists and Political Scholars will be dissecting the last two years for decades to come and this period will be taught to bored GCSE students hundreds of years in the future.

    The general conclusion will be that Teresa May was handed a live grenade and, rather than defusing it, she managed to turn it into an atomic bomb. While it might be a great exercise, for the majority living through it, it’s a sh!t sandwich.

    Right now, all sides feel betrayed, there is no really decent outcome to be had and we have run out of time and options to make it better.

    Ah well, there’s always the match this weekend to distract us…..

    What’s that?

    Oh, b0!!0ck$


  • magscar

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #58

    Ashley doesn’t – that should read !! Aaagh

  • jane

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #59

    “My post was my view based on what little we do know.”

    yeah i know we are thinking along the same lines about Rafa staying.

  • jane

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #60

    “there is no really decent outcome to be had and we have run out of time and options to make it better.”

    the wheels of government are still turning we’ll get there in the next few months if not sooner.

  • jane

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #61

    “mackem fans have asked Bayer fans if they prefer NUFC or SUFC ?”

    think you mean SAFC, SUFC is a club in Yorkshire. i really could be Jib!

  • NY Mag

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #62


    Keep it up, you might get promoted from the night shift to the early morning shift (that’s where all the action is) 😀

  • jane

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:32 PM

    Comment #63

    my only concern about that is that i might find myself alone on the blog with lesh.

  • NY Mag

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #64

    You may become great friends…

  • magscar

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #65


    As it is a bit quiet on here and no music chat my twopenny worth is that a referendum designed to thwart unrest in Conservative Party and defuse UKIP turned into a nightmare for Parliament.

    May gladly took possession of said hand grenade as the “leavers” were either not ready to carry out the people’s will (or not rated up to it by colleagues) then managed to lose a working majority (no doubt in her mind an unnecessary election being in the National interest as she confuses her interest as being the same thing), got into a nightmare supply and demand arrangement which came back to bite her big time whilst blaming all around her.

    History (but not Mail, Express Telegraph etc) may yet (no pun intended) show that intransigence, lack of control of Parliament, Party, Cabinet but with an ability to blackmail 2 opposite sides into agreeing a deal few wanted for very different reasons can win the day.

    On the other hand it may determine that the Conservative Party was finally riven apart, referendums are not actually good democracy and there was a shift in politics towards centrist parties ,Brexit was a shape shifter which took the form of which group was currently defining it for their case and became in the end something nobody exactly wanted but a contrived patched up near enough facsimile accepted by a majority of one. That’s assuming Article 50 isn’t revoked of course -wink wink

  • jane

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #66

    you’re even more optimistic than me!

  • jane

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #67

    “You may become great friends…”

    “you’re even more optimistic than me!”

    just to clarify 🙂

  • NY Mag

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #68

    Friends are better than enemies 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 20, 2019 at 11:52 PM

    Comment #69

    magscar – yep, I agree with all that. As I said, we’re all going to be eating a sh!t sandwich spread thick by May, no matter which side of the debate one sits.


  • Munster Mag

    Mar 21, 2019 at 12:02 AM

    Comment #70

    I had a feeling that the EU wud allow for a year, and by then the loons who thought that britain could stand alone rather than be an important part of a important club, wud wake up, see Honda disappear and quarter of barclays wealth moved to Dublin and find themselves queuing for hours to get into Spain, and realise that they were fooled by a bus with a lie on the side of it. And then Tusk speaks and has that menace about him….

  • magscar

    Mar 21, 2019 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #71


    I usually stay well clear of any political discussion as I get into enough scraps with my NUFC views but we are living in interesting times 🙂

    Best call it a night – a coffee break turned into one of my unintended spells on Blog

    Night all

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 21, 2019 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #72

    Sometimes reading the blog is just for my amusement, the theories and the back lashing on what people think is sometimes criminal but it there honest opinion and for me if that what they feel about certain things in the club we’ll do be it.
    Then we have the battlers, the ones that just go at each other no end, sometimes amusing to read but sometimes it’s just to damn long and someone has to have the last word.

    It’s reminds me of a saying, 60% of the time of right every time. I think it was in a movie but could be mistaken.

    But being honest although sometimes the blog is like a war zone I appreciate it and that the man behind it keeps it going. Thanks Ed, you deserve an award for this blog.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 21, 2019 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #73

    moanster – you are clearly ill informed about the motor industry in Europe. ( as many others are)
    You have mentioned Honda suggesting it’s woes are due to Brexit.
    Generally Hondas’ market share in Europe has been on a downward spiral for many years and a recent trade agreement between the EU and Japan without tariffs on Honda vehicles -results in their being no financial benefits in making Honda vehicles in Swindon – they might as well make them back in Japan thus being able to supply the faster growing (post world financial collapse of 2009) countries of the Pacific/Asian markets.

    Anyway here is the link – come back to me if you agree with the whole tenor of what is written or whether you still want to be a passenger on the outrage bus with loonies and haters.


  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 21, 2019 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #74

    their = there

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 21, 2019 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #75

    Nostradamus, hear hear mate. In Spades.

    Past my bedtime, night all. Back to footy tomorrow, I promise.

  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Mar 21, 2019 at 2:33 AM

    Comment #76

    Tuff, yes thanks for showing me how right I was, I would blame spell checker but not wearing my glasses didn’t help.

    Anyhow, I will let you have the last word, now let’s see if you take the _ _ _ _.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 21, 2019 at 5:47 AM

    Comment #77

    Tuff did you read that Top Gear article? Obviously all the car manufacturers in the UK that are struggling are not 100% down to Brexit. Things are rarely that black and white, but the article suggests Brexit is the hammer blow for many companies and that the companies with great products that everybody wants will be OK, while the rest will struggle. You must know that in a market there are far more companies that don’t have the most desired product than those who have the thing everybody wants. These top guys from Ford, Honda, Nissan, Jaguar are saying it’s a disaster as are companies in other industries. It’s not a conspiracy set out by “the loony left”, these guys aren’t lying, they aren’t moving their businesses away to prove a point. Dyson Barclays etc know it’s better to move elsewhere. Just admit you got fooled by a bus and a few catchy slogans.

    The last line of your topgear blog post is “If a factory sells cars that people want to buy, a headwind such as Brexit is an inconvenience. If the product’s not right for the market, it can be a killer blow.”

    a killer blow… what does that mean?

  • one fine day

    Mar 21, 2019 at 6:40 AM

    Comment #78

    Read this the other day but buggered if I can recall where …anyway it’s was words to the effect so not quoting verbatim but the best summing up of Brexit I have read

    Brexit is like when your in a club in the early hours and one of your mates yells ” this is shit ..let’s try somewhere else” so you all pile out heading for a place …only to find when you get there they won’t let you in .then to make matters worse they tell you to do one when you try to get back in the first one.
    So essentially the whole of the U.K. Is currently in a kebab shop at 2 am wondering what just happened 🙂
    Sorry bout the non football post but it’s international week

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 21, 2019 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #79

    Maybot gloats about stopping Freedom of Movement, but she never mentions the fact that she’s thrown away our right to live and work in the EU. For “balance”, I think the Labour front bench is equally complicit.

  • magscar

    Mar 21, 2019 at 6:53 AM

    Comment #80


    If I recall you post from Australia and so perhaps the analogy makes more sense down there?

    We haven’t left club yet, only few kebab spots are showing signs of agreeing to let us spend our money there as yet when do head out the door and of course we can simply stay in the club after more level heads suggest it isn’t as bad as their drunken mate was suggesting – club have no say

    Bit of fun but no accurate satire of Brexit to this long suffering Brig


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