Newcastle are still active in the transfer market as the deadline looms, but it is not just incoming deals that are being worked on in the final hours of the window.
While additions have been much needed, and very welcome, there needs to be some trimming of the fringe players, and it seems that one of those could be on the move before 5.00pm on Thursday.
Jacob Murphy, who spent the second half of last season on loan to Championship side West Brom, could be set for a full season in the second tier with Sheffield Wednesday.
The Sheffield Star report that the Owls are winning the race for the young winger, but face stiff competition from fellow Championship sides Derby County, Huddersfield and Fulham.
If nothing else, news of the deal suggests that Wednesday and Newcastle are still on speaking terms, in the wake of Steve Bruce’s acrimonious departure from Hillsborough.
In fact, a deal agreeable to both clubs may help smooth over the differences between the two, and whether they come back for either Rolando Aarons or Achraf Lazaar – both of who were on loan at Hillsborough last season – remains to be seen.
If a couple of deals will help thaw frosty relations between Wednesday and Newcastle enough for them to withdraw their complaint to the Premier League, then that could only be good news.
Wednesday had wanted loan deals as compensation over manager’s departure
Of course, a deal for a couple of players deemed surplus to requirements on Tyneside was previously mooted by the Owls’ owner as a way of ‘compensating’ them for the loss of their manager.
That was dismissed at the time by Newcastle, and whether this is a straightforward loan deal, or whether we have agreed to waive any loan fee and subsidise his wages in a bid to ease tensions between the clubs, we will probably never know.
Either way, it will be a good deal for both clubs, and especially for the player, who has never reached anywhere near his full potential at Newcastle.
It is a shame for a lad who supported the club as a boy, and was desperate to come and impress in the black and white shirt.
Time is running out for him in the north east, however, and it would not be a surprise if Murphy has already made his last appearance in the famous Newcastle jersey.