McCall - No Murphy enquiries
Stuart McCall insists no clubs have made a move for coveted Scotland Under-21 ace Jamie Murphy.
Last Updated: 29/07/11 7:40pm
Motherwell boss Stuart McCall insists no clubs have made a move for coveted Scotland Under-21 ace Jamie Murphy.
The likes of Tottenham, Stoke, West Brom and Birmingham all watched the talented youngster in action in last weekend's 3-0 win over Inverness.
Murphy scored an impressive goal in the victory for Well and McCall hopes the striker will decide to continue his footballing education at Fir Park.
"I can categorically state now, we have not had one enquiry for Jamie, regardless of what one or two people have said in the press, which is a bit annoying," explained McCall.
"We don't want an enquiry - I certainly don't. I'm sure if he has a really good start with us, I think he can force himself in the Scotland set-up.
"Without doubt, I think he has the ability. Only a couple of years ago him and (Chris) Maguire were keeping (David) Goodwillie out the under-21 side. Jamie has the talent and ability."
McCall feels Murphy's interests are best served continuing to learn his trade in the Motherwell first team.
"He's enjoying his football, he's playing regularly and playing really well," the former Scotland midfielder said.
"We don't encourage interest. We expect it because he's a good player. But we certainly don't want to lose anybody.
"He is a level-headed lad, a great kid to work with. It won't affect him but I wish people would report the facts and not speculation."