Forgotten midfielder Henri Saivet and third choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot are also in the firing line, with loan or permanent deals potentially in the offing for the trio.
Murphy is about as frustrating a player as the Newcastle fans have witnessed in recent years. It’s clear that he has a fair bit of ability, but for whatever reason he just hasn’t been able to translate that potential into proper Premier League performances. There have been flashes of tremendous talent, at both St James’ Park and The Hawthorns, but he’s simply not been able to put it all together. He has pace, trickery and a decent enough eye for goal, but consistency is a real issue with him. The question for Newcastle now is how much longer do they persist with him in attempting to find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Seemingly, they don’t want to wait much longer for him to fulfil his potential. The West Brom loan may have been the last throw of the dice for the Magpies, and they now see a summer exit as the best next step for him in his career. Who could blame them for that? However, you get the feeling they should stick it out for a little bit longer, just in case.