Celtic dealt Alex Murphy transfer blow

Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic team will miss out on the signing of Alex Murphy this summer.

What’s the talk?

That’s according to Miles Starforth, with journalist Shields Gazette revealing in Twitter that the Galway United defender is now close to agreeing a move to Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.

In his tweet, Starforth said: “As reported elsewhere, Newcastle are hoping to sign 17-year-old Galway defender Alex Murphy, who has been playing first-team football this season. However, he understands that the deal is not done yet. He would join the club’s under-23 squad.”

Another report from RTE also claimed that the Republic of Ireland Under-19 international had turned down the opportunity to join Celtic, Brighton & Hove Albion and Torino in favor of moving to St James’ Park.

Bad news for Celta

Considering the vast amount of potential Murphy seems to possess, and given that Celtic have reportedly been in negotiations with the centre-back’s representatives regarding a move to Parkhead this summer, the suggestion that the 17-year-old is now ready to move south of the border is certainly bad news for the Bhoys.

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Indeed, after making his first-team debut at the age of just 16 last June, Murphy quickly established himself as a regular in John Caulfield’s side, with the 57-year-old said to have high hopes for him. teenage sensation.

Speaking shortly after Murphy signed professional terms with Galway, Caulfield said: “He is one of us and we are delighted that he is signing a professional contract, his first professional contract in what we hope will be a great career.

“We have high hopes for him and we can see his talent. The most important thing now for Alex is to work hard and continue his progress. It is a great day for the club and our academy”.

With Celtic signing both Liam Scales and Johnny Kenny from Irish clubs in the last 12 months, the Hoops hierarchy may well have felt they had the upper hand in the race for the young defender, as Scales’ 13 appearances in the first team this season. shows a clear path to senior soccer at Parkhead.

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However, with Murphy likely to be offered a much more attractive salary on a move to Newcastle, it now appears that Celtic have missed out on signing the “stylish” and “central ball player”, in the words of Galway. academy coach Martin Devlin. That will be a huge blow to the Bhoys as the 17-year-old appears to be a player headed for big things in the game.

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