Jamie Murphy currently finds himself on the periphery of the Brighton squad and doubts lingers about the Scotsman’s future at the Seagulls beyond the January transfer window. With a litany of the Championship and Scottish clubs linked to his signature What Are The Odds looks at where Murphy could end up next.
The winger moved to Brighton from Sheffield United a couple of seasons back and played a big part in their successful promotion to the Premier League - contributing with three assists and two goals in 35 appearances as Brighton reached the top-flight. Now 28-years old the winger is struggling for time on the pitch and may look elsewhere as there is apparently no shortage of options.
The favourites for his signature are his former club Sheffield United who are flying high in the Championship and seemingly in the right kind of form to challenge for an automatic spot after a hugely impressive return to the second tier. Current odds of 4/1 (5.00) indicate the speculation is still in the early stages, with over a month to go until the window opens, it may be that Murphy breaks into the Seagulls side as a regular between now and then.
Should the odds reflect actual interest of clubs then Murphy could well be tempted to move north of the border with both Celtic and Rangers backed at 6/1 (7.00). Born in Glasgow, now could be the perfect time for the winger to play for one of his hometown clubs - and digging back in the archives it was reported a few years ago that Murphy is indeed a fan of the blue half of the city. With Rangers still without a permanent manger a lot could depend on what happens there first before any interest in Murphy comes to light by the January window.
Chris Coleman’s Sunderland side could show interest with the same odds of 6/1 (7.00) on-offer, as well as Fulham who are also priced the same with bookmaker BetVictor.
Norwich City and Leeds United are a little further back at 12/1 (13.0), but both would offer Murphy first-team football and the chance to play for arguably two of the biggest clubs in the Championship - both are in contention for playoff spots so they could very well have a chance should the frontrunners pull out of any interest.
Rivals Derby and Nottingham Forest are backed with odds of 14/1 (15.0) while QPR and Barnsely make up the rest of the outsiders at 16/1 (17.0).
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