According to Yorkshire Live, Sheffield Wednesday are “trying” to extend Jacob Murphy’s loan deal as he’s ‘seen as key’ for the final nine games of the season. Garry Monk says the Owls are getting permission from Newcastle United to keep the 25-year-old for an extra month, but there’s been no confirmation yet.
Murphy was in fine form before the campaign was postponed due to Covid-19, but his contract at Hillsborough will be up in nine days. Wednesday have to extend his deal until the end of the revised season, sign him permanently or let him return to Newcastle before June 24.
Monk said: “At this moment in time we’re trying to speak to clubs and seeing if that’s (extending loans) even possible at this moment. More so now in terms of the speed of it with the announcement (of a June 20 return date) – so that’s something that’s happening and hopefully we have some news on that.”
Wednesday’s remaining games
- Sheff Wed v Nottingham Forest (Saturday, June 20 at 3pm)
- Bristol City v Sheff Wed (Sunday, June 28 at 12pm)
- Sheff Wed v West Brom (Wednesday, July 1 at 7.45pm)
- Swansea v Sheff Wed (Saturday, July 4 at 3pm)
- Sheff Wed v Preston North End (Tuesday, July 7 at 7.45pm)
- Queens Park Rangers v Sheff Wed (Saturday, July 11 at 3pm)
- Sheff Wed v Huddersfield Town (Tuesday, July 14 at 7.45pm)
- Fulham v Sheff Wed (Saturday, July 18 at 3pm)
- Sheff Wed v Middlesbrough (Wednesday, July 22)
Murphy joined the Owls on a season-long loan last summer and has gone on to make 35 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals and making two assists. The former England U21 international has created 26 chances, made 50 successful dribbles and whipped in 22/145 accurate crosses.
With his last appearance for Newcastle coming back in January 2019, Murphy doesn’t appear to have a future at St James’ Park. At the very least, he should be keen to stay on at Wednesday if he isn’t getting minutes at his parent club, but Newcastle will have to make the call.