REPORT: Celtic ‘Lining up’ Deal for Cardiff City Winger Josh Murphy

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CARDIFF, WALES - DECEMBER 08: Josh Murphy of Cardiff City reacts after missing a chance during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Southampton FC at Cardiff City Stadium on December 8, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Celtic are preparing to lodge a bid for Cardiff City’s Josh Murphy after a failed January attempt, according to Phil Cadden of the Scottish Sun.

Celtic ‘Lining up’ Deal for Cardiff City Winger Josh Murphy

Failed January Bid

The Scottish Sun claim Neil Lennon will lodge a bid for Murphy this summer after his plans to bring the winger to Scotland failed last month.

Lennon reportedly tried to sign Murphy on transfer deadline day but was unable to complete a deal.

The 24-year-old is now understood to be a target for the Hoops this summer.

Murphy is under contract until 2022 after signing from Norwich City in 2018.

He was part of the Welsh side that were relegated from the Premier League that term.

The talented winger has made 51 appearances in all competitions since joining the Bluebirds.

His goalscoring record has proven to disappoint some though having only found the net seven times.

Murphy made over 100 appearances in all competitions for Norwich City before heading to Wales – he scored 20 goals in 104 appearances.

Speaking about the interest in Murphy, Cardiff City boss Neil Harris insisted his future remains in the Welsh capital.

Asked if the winger has a future at Cardiff, Harris said: “Of course he does.

He added: “He divides opinion within the fan base. I get that all the time when I’m stopped in coffee shops or supermarkets.

“He divides opinion. That is ultimately what he is as a wide player.

“When he’s hot, like he was against Reading, he’s unplayable.

“And when he’s not and when it doesn’t quite come off for him, you can question how much he’s done on the pitch. But that is the sort of player he is.”

Murphy joined Cardiff City for £11 million in June 2018.

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