The Newcastle United fans were absolutely delighted in the Transfer Tavern on Saturday evening after they watched their side record a 3-0 victory over Southampton at St James’ Park.
Rafa Benitez’ side took a giant step towards securing their Premier League survival this season by taking a massive three points away from their relegation six-pointer clash against Southampton on Tyneside. The result has enabled The Magpies to climb into 13th place in the Premier League table and 5 points clear of Crystal Palace who round up the relegation places.
Now that Newcastle have established some breathing space at the bottom of the table, the supporters will be hoping their heroes can play with a new found sense of confidence in the weeks to come and steer clear of the bottom-three without too many problems.
It seems that the hierarchy at Newcastle are already beginning to think beyond their immediate results and towards the summer transfer window, as The Sun recently reported that the north-east giants are interested in signing Burnley’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson, although they face competition from Southampton and Leicester City for his services.
According to the report, the Icelandic international could cost the club around £20 million in the summer, and considering the scale of the fee it seems likely that his arrival would spell the end of Jacob Murphy’s career at Newcastle United.
Murphy signed for Newcastle from Norwich City last summer after impressing in The Championship by scoring 8 goals and providing 8 assists from 37 appearances for The Canaries. But Murphy has struggled to convince Benitez that he should be in the starting eleven on a regular basis since moving to the club last summer, and the arrival of Gudmundsson would serve to push the 23-year-old further down the pecking order.
So far this season, Murphy has made just 11 starts for the club in the league, and his lack of opportunity suggests that Benitez might be targeting Gundmundsson to replace him at the end of the campaign. Whether or not Newcastle will manage to land one of Burnley’s top talents next summer remains to be seen, but if Gudmundsson eventually moves to St James’ Park then it seems inevitable that Murphy’s departure will shortly follow thereafter.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!