By 90Min
July 19, 2017

​Newcastle United are closing in on a deal for Norwich City and England Under-21 winger Jacob Murphy, according to reports.

Magpies boss Rafa Benitez is reportedly close to securing the signature of the highly-rated youngster, despite competition from Premier League rivals Southampton and Crystal Palace, as business begins to accelerate on Tyneside, as reported by ​the Mirror.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - MAY 07: Newcastle United manmager Rafa Benitez celebrates after winning the Sky Bet Championship Title after the match between Newcastle United and Barnsley at St James' Park on May 7, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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A nine-goal return in 2016/17 meant that the 22-year-old had already been on the radar of several top tier sides going into the Under-21 European Championships this summer, but a successful tournament both for England as a team and for Murphy personally has strengthened the demand. 

The Young Lions reached the semi-finals, with Murphy scoring England's crucial second in a 3-0 win over joint hosts Poland in the quarter-finals. 

While all three suitors are said to be willing to meet Norwich's £8m asking price, the player himself may favour linking up with Benitez at St James' Park over a move to Selhurst Park or St Mary's. 

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