Norwich City transfer rumours: Brighton and Fulham track Josh Murphy
PUBLISHED: 10:13 09 June 2018 | UPDATED: 10:10 10 June 2018
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Chris Hughton is reportedly weighing up a reunion with Josh Murphy - but faces competition from Premier League new boys Fulham and Championship Middlesbrough.
Murphy has emerged as a target for the Brighton chief, who handed the 23-year-old his top flight debut at Norwich City when the pair worked together at Carrow Road.
Football web site, Here is The City, claim on Saturday morning the Canaries’ wide player is attracting interest from a number of clubs after some eye-catching displays last season.
No bids have been launched yet according to HITC but Boro chief Tony Pulis is also believed to be monitoring the situation as he looks to bring in players in wide areas. The Teessiders have already been linked to moves for former player Albert Adomah and West Brom’s Matt Phillips.
Fulham have also been touted with Murphy’s team mate, James Maddison, in the early part of the summer as they step up their planning for a Premier League return following Championship play-off success.
Murphy scored a stunning goal in the Championship win over Aston Villa and was also on the mark in the League Cup tie at Arsenal during a campaign when he notched 11 goals in 47 appearances.
HITC report City’s top brass is reluctant to cash in on Murphy, who is under contract until 2021, but Norwich will need to offload players to bring in reinforcements.
Emi Buendia was unveiled on Friday, ahead of completing a move from Getafe on July 1. The Argentine can operate down either flank and in the number 10 role. City also brought in Onel Hernandez in January, while Marley Watkins and Yanic Wildschut remain on the books.
Murphy’s brother, Jacob, was sold to Newcastle 12 months ago with City adjusting to the new financial reality after falling out of the Premier League.
The club’s trading again this summer will be dictated by the need to lower the wage bill and bring in a transfer surplus, while trying to bolster Daniel Farke’s squad for the new season.