Last Updated: Mon, 08 Apr 2013 14:51
Newcastle United could be about to join Aston Villa in the race to sign Crewe's Luke Murphy after watching him score a Wembley stunner.
Newcastle United reserve team boss Peter Beardsley was at Wembley to scout Crewe's on-loan Magpies midfielder Brad Inman, but left with the impression that Murphy was the star of the show as the Railwaymen ran out 2-0 winners over Southend.
Villa boss Paul Lambert has already made a personal trip to Cheshire to watch Murphy in action this season and Gresty Road boss Steve Davis believes the 23-year-old could be better than Ashley Westwood - who Lambert paid just over £2million to bring to Villa Park last summer.
Davis insists the League One outfit have received no offers for their prized asset as yet but expects Murphy to go in the summer.
"We haven't had any enquiries for Luke. A lot of people have been watching. Maybe something might happen in the summer, who knows?" Davis said.
"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."
Murphy opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a venomous drive from the edge of the area after a Crewe short-corner routine.
England Under-18 striker Max Clayton, who is also interesting Premier League clubs, grabbed the second after a smart move which began when Murphy intercepted the ball.
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