Newcastle United winger set for new deal amid external interest

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Newcastle United plan to hand out a new contract to winger Jacob Murphy.

Newcastle United have a lot of work to do on the pitch as they look to snap their two-game losing streak, but some action is also being taken behind the scenes. Several players have successfully negotiated new contracts, with the latest player being Allan Saint-Maximin.

According to an exclusive report from Football Insider, winger Jacob Murphy is next in line for an extended stay on Tyneside. Murphy was shipped out on loan twice when Rafa Benitez was in charge, but he was included in the Premier League squad by Steve Bruce, and has even started the last four games.

Murphy’s contract expires in the summer, but a key reason why the Magpies are moving quickly to get his signature on a new deal is because of Scottish giants Rangers.

The current league leaders in the Scottish Premiership have been monitoring Murphy’s situation for a few months now, and it is believed that they will try to establish a pre-contract agreement.

Seeing that Murphy has been a life-long supporter of Newcastle United, the odds of him rejecting a new deal with the Magpies are slim, but the question we should be asking is whether or not he deserves a new deal?

Yes, Keep Murphy

Murphy still can certainly be an effective player in the Premier League, and his rapid development bodes well for the Toon. Unlike some players, Murphy utilized his loan spells away from St. James’ Park to improve as a player, and that dedication is now on display for all to see.

Injuries have opened the door to Murphy as a starter, and he is expected to take a back seat to Ryan Fraser when he recovers from a hamstring injury, but Murphy has sufficient talent to spark much needed internal competition.

Moreover, Murphy has proven that he can adapt to new roles as he started a few games in the wing-back position, which is something new for him in his career.

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The lethal pace has always been there, but Murphy’s confidence on the ball and his finishing have improved tremendously since his spell at Sheffield Wednesday, in which he scored nine goals and bagged six assists last season.