Newcastle United 'clinch' summer transfer for defender ahead of Celtic and Brighton and Hove Albion

Newcastle United have lined up their first summer transfer, according to a report.

RTE report that the club is set to sign Galway United teenager Alex Murphy.

The left-back has been linked with Celtic, Torino and Brighton and Hove Albion.

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However, Murphy, 17, reportedly reportedly chose Newcastle following discussions on Tyneside.

The Sir Bobby Robson statue outside St James's Park.

Murphy – who signed his first professional deal in January – can move to England when he turns 18 on June 25. He was on the standby list for the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 squad last October.