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Newcastle & Aston Villa transfer news: Crewe manager Steve Davis resigned to losing Luke Murphy
Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis is resigned to losing top English midfielder Luke Murphy in the summer.
Murphy has been at Crewe since 1997 joining when he was seven years of age.
He has had a fantastic season at Crewe playing 40 matches and scoring six goals including the crucial first goal in the Football League Trophy final against Southend United - Crewe went on to win in a 2-0 victory.
Murphy is highly regarded in League One and has been one of the divisions outstanding performers over the recent seasons.
Luke Murphy is just 23-years-old and a host of Premier League clubs have been interested in acquiring the player including Stoke, Aston Villa and Newcastle.
Crewe have a very impressive academy and have produced players such as Ashley Westwood and Nick Powell.
Ashley Westwood is a close friend of Murphy and he joined Aston Villa last season. This could be key in his decision as Paul Lambert seems keen to bring through young English talent and reward them with first team football -Westwood has made 24 Premier League appearances this year.
Luke Murphy has less than 18 months to run on his contract and this means he could be available at a cut price of around £1 million pounds, although the figure is more likely to be up to £2-3 million for Crewe's star man.
Crewe manager Steve Davis told Sky Sports News: "I haven't had any enquiries for Luke. A lot of people have been watching. Maybe something might happen in the summer, who knows?
"He's a very talented lad. We feel he's better than Ashley Westwood because he's a goalscoring midfielder.
"Where he's going to go? I don't know. When he's going to go, I don't know either. I've had no enquiries but I'm sure something will come of that, maybe in the summer. And he'll go with our blessing because he's ready to go. We can't hold on to him forever."
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