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Report: Wednesday's rivals make contact over £12m player Owls want; 3 others keen

One of Sheffield Wednesday’s Championship rivals have enquired about the availability of the Owls’ former Newcastle United loanee, Jacob Murphy, according to Teamtalk.

The website names Middlesbrough as the club in question and claims that Neil Warnock’s side are one of five second-tier clubs showing an interest in Murphy, including Wednesday.

The winger scored or made 15 goals in 39 Championship games for the Owls last season, overcoming a difficult start to become one of Garry Monk’s most influential performers.

But Teamtalk states that, despite that, Newcastle are ready to loan him out again, with Nottingham Forest, Derby County and Stoke City also keen.

Yorkshire Live suggested last month that the Magpies would prefer to sell Murphy, for whom they paid £12 million in 2017, contradicting the most recent report about his future.

Wednesday chances of a second loan spell for the 25-year-old already appeared to have taken a hit when the club was awarded a 12-point deduction ahead of the new season, and interest from a string of top Championship sides won’t help.

The Boro manager Warnock. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Warnock, whose Sheffield United affiliation should not need explaining, managed Murphy’s twin brother, Josh, at Cardiff City.

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