• Albion Linked Again With Free-Scoring Murphy

    With the Albion seemingly going cold in their pursuit of Blackburn's Ben Marshall, it seems Albion may have returned attentions on Jame Murphy, one of the players they were linked with earlier this Summer.

    The Scottish Sun are using the magical 'swoop' word as they suggest Murphy is close to signing in a deal that could eventually be worth 2.5m.

    Reports suggest Albion's early offers did not meet Sheffield United's valuation for the 25-year-old Scot but, with the Chris Hughton keen to bolster creative and goal-scoring options, the club may have reignited the pursuit of a player who started his career at Motherwell before moving to the Blades for a six-figure fee.

    Murphy has also been linked with Leeds United and Bristol City this Summer, but it looks like being the Albion will win the race to bring the winger up into the Championship.

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    Albion fans' favourite Nigel Adkins, now the man in the Bramall Lane hot seat, dismissed supporter questions regarding Murphy's departure in a Fans' Forum event earlier in the Summer, although he did not permanently close the door on such a move.

    Murphy scored twelves times in Sheffield United's League One campaign which faltered in the play-offs. In the previous season, he scored seven times, including a goal at Wembley where United were beaten 5-3 in a thrilling FA Cup Semi-final by Hull City.

    As well as scoring his fair share, Murphy is also a creative spark and racked up an impressive tally of assists as well as scoring himself.

    Predominantly right-footed, Murphy can play on either flank. At Motherwell he tended to hug the left touchline, whilst at Sheffield United he has been used very effectively on the right.

    With Albion's Karenga LuaLua in fine early season form, the addition of Murphy would add the competition for places that Chris Hughton wants across his entire squad.
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