Boyhood fan Jacob Murphy to fulfil 'childhood dream' at Newcastle

Jacob Murphy
Jacob Murphy

Jacob Murphy signed for Newcastle United in a £12million deal – then revealed he was fulfilling a "childhood dream".

The winger completed his move to the Premier League club from Norwich City today.

Wembley-born Murphy – whose parents originate from the North East – grew up as a Newcastle fan.

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And the 22-year-old said: "It was a childhood dream of mine to represent Newcastle, and the opportunity's now here. I can't wait to get started."

Murphy is training in Ireland with his new team-mates.

United manager Rafa Benítez said: "He's a young and talented player, and hopefully he can develop even more here.

"We hope he can show us the passion, commitment and ability that he showed in the Championship last season."

United have also watched Murphy's twin brother Josh, a forward at Norwich.

“We were here in Ireland last year and we were talking about his brother,” said Benitez. “We liked his brother and we spoke about him.

“I was following both of them, but I think we have signed the right one, the one I wanted.

“I have received a lot of information about both, and it was positive about both of them.

“But, in this case, we wanted the type of player (Jacob is) and were happy with that.

“We will see if he can reproduce his performances of the Championship in the Premier League. He has the potential to do that.”