Hibernian are monitoring Jamie Murphy’s situation at Bramall Lane ahead of next month’s transfer window.
The Sheffield United winger, who opened the scoring during yesterday’s victory over Tranmere Rovers, is understood to feature on a provisional list of targets drawn up by the Scottish Premier League club following Terry Butcher’s recent appointment as manager.
Although Butcher has yet to make a formal approach for Murphy’s services, he could test United’s resolve by submitting a concrete bid should the 24-year-old’s place in Nigel Clough’s first team squad come under threat.
Clough, who took charge at Bramall Lane in October, has made no attempt to disguise the fact he will look to tweak the options at his disposal when English football reopens for business later this week with Blackburn Rovers’ midfielder Alan Judge believed to be interested in a move to Sheffield.
Speaking after goals from Murphy, Jose Baxter and Ryan Flynn propelled United to a 3-1 win, Clough’s assistant Andy Garner told The Star: “I thought our two wide lads [Murphy and Flynn] were absolutely magnificent out there. They attacked, got at the opposition and gave what was a good all round team performance a real cutting edge.” Murphy, who has represented Scotland at both under-19 and under-21 level, has made 37 appearances since completing a £100,000 transfer from Motherwell 11 months ago.
Huddersfield, Blackpool and Glasgow Rangers were courting his signature before he joined United.