Curbs rubbishes Murphy talk

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Charlton manager Alan Curbishley says there is no truth in reports linking Danny Murphy with a move to Newcastle.

The struggling Magpies have been linked with a plethora of players in the last month, with Addicks schemer Murphy's name cropping up in recent days.

Murphy has been in sparkling form for The Addicks this term and Curbishley says it would be folly for the club to let the former Liverpool man move on.

"There is nothing in the story," the Charlton boss declared.

"There is lots of speculation going on at the moment, but I have not spoken to Graeme Souness since we signed Darren Ambrose in August.

"I did not see him at the game on Wednesday (which was postponed).

"I have, though, spoken to Danny before today's (West Ham) game, and explained he is in my plans.

"Things are put about, maybe by agents, to unsettle people.

"There are lots of conversations which go on at different levels in football now, chairman and chief executives, agents to chairman etc, so perhaps someone has put something together and decided to make a story.

"Danny was quite astonished with the way it read, and was a bit put out by it.

"But I suppose if other clubs are looking at my players, then he certainly has to be one of them."