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Newcastle boss Bruce ponders options for Sheffield Wednesday target Murphy

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce wants to take a close look at Jacob Murphy in preseason.

Murphy could be heading back to Sheffield Wednesday on loan - but only after Steve Bruce has taken a closer look at the former Norwich City winger.

Asked on Murphy's future, Bruce said: "Jacob has trained with us the last few days.

"He probably thinks to himself he hasn't had a fair crack of the whip.

"Certainly, I haven't seen a great deal of him. I'll be interested to see how he does.

"I know he had a really good spell at Sheffield Wednesday last year and did very well."

Murphy has also been linked with Derby County and Nottingham Forest but could end up back with the Owls.

Bruce admitted: "They think the world of him. He did very, very well and would like him back, that's fair to say.

"I am going to take my time with him and have a look.

"We have plenty time with it to see what the next step is.

"He has had a successful loan and looks like he's developed a bit, so we will see what he will do."

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