Date: 27th June 2020 at 9:00am
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Sheffield Wednesday have “agreed” a deal with Newcastle United to extend Jacob Murphy’s loan and only have some “paperwork” to finish, says Garry Monk. The 25-year-old has spent the season on loan at Hillsborough but was due to return to Newcastle on July 1. He’s keen to see out the campaign with Wednesday, however, so news of his extension should come sooner rather than later.

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Monk explained in his pre-match press conference via Yorkshire Live: “As it stands, it should just be a matter of paperwork now with those guys so we are very pleased with that. They all wanted to commit to it and finish the season off. I think all the other clubs have agreed and it is just a matter of paperwork as it stands now.”

Murphy has made 36 appearances in all competitions for the Owls, scoring five goals and making two assists. He got off to a slow start, scoring just once between August and November, but went on to contribute six goals/assists from November onwards.

Wednesday want to retain Murphy’s services for another month as a result of his upturn in form. The Owls have eight more games to play and have a slim chance of finishing in the top-six if they hit form during the run-in – 15th in the Championship with 49 points from 38 games.

Having Murphy would certainly improve Wednesday’s odds of moving up the table, but it’s a big ask to overturn an eight-point deficit given the form they’re in – one win in 11.

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