Rafa Benitez reveals Newcastle United's position on a loan move for West Brom target Jacob Murphy

Rafa Benitez is unwilling to loan out Jacob Murphy – unless another winger arrives at Newcastle United.

Reports in the Midlands have claimed that West Bromwich Albion are close to signing Murphy.

Jacob Murphy.

Jacob Murphy.

Darren Moore, the Championship club's head coach, said: “We're trying to improve the squad, and we’ve been talking to bring players in."

Reports claim that Murphy could have a medical early next week.

Murphy, signed from Norwich City in the summer of 2017, has found opportunities hard to come by on Tyneside this season.

However, the 23-year-old is likely to start tomorrow's FA Cup tie against Watford at St James's Park.

Asked if Murphy would leave, United manager Benitez said: "At the moment, if we don't bring anyone in it will be hard, we have to be careful with anyone leaving."