In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Sheffield Wednesday legend Carlton Palmer has delivered his verdict amid reports linking the Owls with a move for Josh Murphy.
According to YorkshireLive reporter Dom Howson, the Owls are interested in signing the Cardiff City winger on loan before the transfer window closes on February 1st.
He claims that the south Yorkshire club opened talks with the 25-year-old’s representatives over the festive period and that discussions remained ongoing.
Josh’s brother, Jacob, enjoyed a fruitful loan stint at Hillsborough last season, where he scored nine goals and provided six assists in 39 appearances under Garry Monk, per Transfermarkt.
The Bluebirds have changed their manager in recent weeks with Mick McCarthy replacing Neil Harris in the Welsh capital, though Murphy still found himself on the bench earlier this week.
And despite coming on for a 40-minute cameo in which he delivered an assist, Palmer believes he wouldn’t be a good signing for Wednesday…
He told FFC:
“Why would you take a player from a fellow Championship side that is not playing? They are mid-table. Cardiff are around 14th or 15th position and he’s not playing in their side.
“So if you can’t get in their side, why would you take him to Sheffield Wednesday? I just don’t get it.
“I think they need a better calibre of players.”
The former Norwich and England U20 attacker has struggled for game time this season, starting just three of Cardiff’s 25 league outings, playing a total of 515 minutes.
While he hasn’t been able to last more than 68 minutes in any of those appearances, meaning he surely failed to make much of an impact.
Just last week, Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri sealed the free transfer of winger Andre Green to Hillsborough, so a move for Murphy may no longer be required.
Or at least, Palmer thinks they should be steering well clear of the £25k-per-week outcast.
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