Josh Murphy, who Cardiff City spent £11 million on only five years ago, has been made available for transfer by League One club Oxford United, according to journalist, Darren Witcoop via Twitter.
Murphy joined Oxford on a free transfer last June from Cardiff City, only four years after The Bluebirds broke their transfer record on the forward in 2018. A year later, The Yellows have now made the forward available for transfer.
The 28-year-old came through Norwich City’s academy and enjoyed loan spells with MK Dons and Wigan Athletic. He established himself as a standout regular for the Canaries before moving to the Premier League with Cardiff City. Murphy appeared 99 times for Cardiff; however, his final two years arguably saw the player struggle. He was departed on loan to Preston North End and then moved permanently to Oxford. The forward has not scored a professional goal for either Preston nor Oxford.
It remains to be seen whether there is any interest in the wide-man, however he could be keen to reignite his career.
What has been said?
Journalist, Darren Witcoop has stated via X:
“Oxford United will make out-of-favour winger Josh Murphy available to leave this month.
“Murphy cost Cardiff £11m just five years ago.
What is next?
Once arguably more promising than his brother Jacob Murphy while at Norwich City, the two brothers find themselves on completely different trajectories.
It will be interesting to see whether another League One club would take a punt on the former Premier League man or if a move to League Two could be what is needed to revive the forward’s career.
A career decline like this is common in the sport and can be due to multiple reasons. Murphy is clearly a very talented player but he needs to find a new home and a manager that believes in him to recapture that form.
I feel a move to League Two may be on the cards; however, I would not be surprised to see another League One club take their chance on the player.