The aces up Sheffield Wednesday's sleeve in the battle to sign Josh Murphy

Sheffield Wednesday are not alone in their loan pursuit of Cardiff City’s Josh Murphy, it would seem.

Wednesday, 20th January 2021, 5:00 pm

Derby County and Nottingham Forest are also reportedly keen on the winger, meaning whoever is able to pull the signing off will earn themselves a worthy advantage of two direct rivals in the race for safety.

The Owls have made moves in their quest to add goal threat to a squad that has scored 15 goals in their 23 Championship games so far and hope Murphy will join Andre Green and the returning Jack Marriott in bolstering their options.

Josh’s twin brother Jacob is now back at his parent club Newcastle United but enjoyed a stellar season with the Owls on loan in the last campaign. The pair share an agent, who through Jacob’s deal has a ready-made relationship with Wednesday’s recruitment team, handing the Hillsborough club an advantage in the race.

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Furthermore, Josh is understood to be a close friend of Owls winger Kadeem Harris through their time together at Cardiff, before Harris moved on north the summer of 2019.

On interest in Murphy, Cardiff boss Neil Harris said: “Enquiries, yes. Anything realistic, no. At the moment, Josh stays a huge part of it.

“Josh is a player we have spoken about before, having not had a lot of game-time and is naturally someone who might need some minutes

“Josh has trained really well and continues to train well. He played against Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup and didn’t quite have the impact in the final third, but I was really pleased with his application and performance.

Josh Murphy has been heavily linked with a loan move to Sheffield Wednesday.

“So, at the moment, no, nothing in that.”

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