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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

  • magscar

    Mar 21, 2019 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #81

    Long suffering Brit aaargh this predictive text on new tablet driving me nuts as I train it 🙁

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2019 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #82

    Mr Tuff is a Jeremy Clarkson fan
    That explains soooo much

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2019 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #83

    With regard to Rafa’s prevarication over signing.
    I read an interview with Fabio Pecchia , in the
    Italian media , where he said Rafa was so good
    to work with , because he always felt his opinion
    was valued by Benitez , and he really looked after
    his coaching staff.
    It could be that he wants to make sure everyone
    has their position confirmed , also maybe why we
    are seeing so many new coaching appointments
    at the moment

  • hibbit

    Mar 21, 2019 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #84


    I know new coaching positions are being advertised, but have any new coaches at any level actually been appointed ?????

  • lochinvar

    Mar 21, 2019 at 7:45 AM

    Comment #85

    this predictive text and clumsy fingers condition is spreading I’ll seek help.
    Of course SUFC is in Yorkshire and the other less well known society is SAFC

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2019 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #86


    “so many”
    was the wrong phrase by me
    should have said
    “the odd”
    there’s definitely been some shuffling around
    and reorganising though

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 21, 2019 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #87

    Hibbitt, patience grasshopper:) . Remember pardew took ages but eventually got a legend in charva 🙂

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2019 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #88

    It’s almost as if the coaching infrastructure
    is being reformed ready for a move to bigger
    fingers crossed

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2019 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #89

    The club are definitely looking to revamp the
    academy , if anyone knows what it’s like to grow
    up as a kid in Newcastle with aspirations to be
    a footy player it’s Shola .

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 21, 2019 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #90

    Tuff read your own article. I worked with a Japanese car company in the UK and am still in contact. They are livid about the decision to move and the guy I spoke to said honda’s decision is heavily influenced by brexit. I’ll believe him ta very much. Interesting that reece smogg has now invested in….. Dublin. He just doesn’t like to say it publicly. How do you let these old Eton sorts influence you so much.

  • one fine day

    Mar 21, 2019 at 8:12 AM

    Comment #92

    All in jest
    Have keenly followed the whole saga since ukip started the campaign .
    Certainly see things from a Brit point of view as half my family are still there and were divided as well as what they voted .
    For what it’s worth I was and still am in favour of out and Britain will still just be the first to leave .
    So many reasons but I always find Daniel hannan to be a voice of reason .
    Again just my opinion
    Will return to football now

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2019 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #93

    Old Etonians in Westminster
    David Cameron Jacob Rhys-Mogg Boris Johnson Oliver Letwyn
    other old Etonians
    Lord Lucan Guy Burgess Lord Lambton
    a fine body of men
    Talk about lions led by donkeys

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2019 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #94

    Aye back to NUFC
    it’s much less depressing

  • martoon

    Mar 21, 2019 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #95

    Jib @91 – There is not really anything new in that – it’s just written around stuff we already know!


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