Newcastle ready to return with improved bid for winger

Newcastle target Jacob Murphy celebrates scoring for Norwich last season.
Newcastle target Jacob Murphy celebrates scoring for Norwich last season.

Newcastle United will test Norwich City’s resolve to hold on to Jacob Murphy.

The club is set to return with an improved bid for the winger.

Newcastle have already had an £8million offer for Murphy rejected by the Championship club.

The 22-year-old, a boyhood United fan who scored two goals against Rafa Benitez’s side last season, is understood to be keen on a move to St James’s Park.

Murphy’s representatives are reportedly met with Norwich yesterday in an attempt to push for a move to Newcastle.

Norwich value the 22-year-old – who has not yet played in the Premier League – at closer to £16million.

But the two clubs could come to a compromise over the coming days.

United manager Benitez, frustrated that the club has only signed two players so far this summer, is pushing for a transfer breakthrough.

Speaking earlier this week, Benitez said: “We know where we are.

“It’s not ideal, because everybody wants to see a lot of players signed already.

“But we have to keep working and trying to find the players we want. Hopefully, we can do it.”

The developments with Murphy came as it emerged that out-of-contract forward Yoan Gouffran has held talks with Turkish club Goztepe SK.

Gouffran has been offered a new one-year deal at United.

But Mehmet Sepil, Goztepe’s chairman, has claimed that a deal is close with the 31-year-old, who was a regular for the Magpies in the Championship last season.

Meanwhile, Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart is set to join West Ham United on loan with a view to a permanent move.

Benitez is looking to sign a goalkeeper this summer.

And Newcastle enquired about a loan deal for out-of-favour Hart, who spent last season at Torino.

West Ham will reportedly pay half of Hart’s City wage during his loan.