Sunderland are one of a number of teams chasing 17 year-old defender Luca Murphy, but it appears as though they already have an advantage in the race for the teenager’s signature.
According to TEAMtalk, Murphy has left Hartlepool United and now has every team under the sun chasing him.
The free agent is a ball-playing centre back and is rated extremely highly, despite never featuring in a senior match for the Pools.
The report claims Manchester United, Tottenham, Newcastle, Leicester, Cardiff, Wolves, Leeds, Middlesbrough, Brentford, Sheffield United, Barnsley and Sunderland are all looking into the possibility of signing the 17 year-old, implying that he’s quite the wonderkid.
However, his social media exploits suggest he has a soft spot for Wearside.
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First of all, it should be noted that Murphy is not ready to walk into the first XI of any of the teams chasing him, but the likes of Sunderland, Barnsley and Brentford are the most capable of offering him regular playing time.
Jack Ross has also shown throughout his managerial career that he will place his trust in youth, consistently picking Jimmy Dunne for the Black Cats this season despite some worrying performances, even with his side in the thick of a promotion race.
On top of that, a quick browse through Murphy’s “likes” on Twitter reveals his love of Lee Cattermole, Luke O’Nien and of course the infamous half time race in which a Sunderland fan tripped a visiting Plymouth Argyle fan. It’s a perfect storm.
Quite clearly, the defender has a soft spot for Sunderland, and together with the opportunity to get regular playing time under a young manager, the Black Cats may just be best-placed to secure his signature.