West Brom slams as defender opts for Newcastle United deal

West Brom may have landed John Swift as early as this summer, but they’ve missed another target as Newcastle United’s official website confirm Alex Murphy has joined the toon.

The Baggies have already got to work sorting out their team and making sure they don’t have a championship campaign as unsuccessful as last time out.

Steve Bruce will be merging the team to his liking and want to make sure they start moving up the table rather than settle for mediocrity again next year. The former player certainly has his own list of targets and potential signings he would like his side to try to reach this transfer window.

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One name he’s been keen to try and bring to the Hawthorns is Alex Murphy, who appears to be a decent talent for the future and may not necessarily be available for the Baggies first-team at this time, but likely would have been used in the roster somewhere down the line when he signs.

The defender has a lot of talent and the potential to develop into a good player as a defender – but other clubs have also recognized the potential of the 17-year-old, so that the club ultimately lost out on the youngster’s signing.

With Newcastle also keeping an eye on the player and starting a move for the player, it is the Toon who ended up securing the player’s future as confirmed on their official website. It means West Brom have had to miss one of their targets – and must now look elsewhere for high-potential options for their squad.

The judgment

Alex Murphy has been on the radar of some clubs this off-season and it was ultimately Newcastle who landed a deal for the defender.

West Brom will have bigger and better goals than the 17-year-old this summer but with Steve Bruce looking to ensure both the club’s present and future are sustainable in terms of their talent and playing opportunities, it will be a blow for him to be losing the youngster. Signs indicate he could be a very good option later on, so they will be disappointed if they miss out.

However, Newcastle have a chance to give him potential Premier League football in the future and the Baggies just can’t compete with that. They could also probably make Murphy a bigger and better financial offer compared to West Brom as the side has newfound riches under their new owners.

West Brom will hope they haven’t missed a player who is a very good defensive option across the board. Now, however, they will be looking to other high-profile goals and objectives that can help their club here and now rather than in the future.

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