The Irish Sun is reporting today that both Newcastle United and Fulham are considering a move for Ipswich Town and Republic of Ireland striker Daryl Murphy, but at 33 years old we would be very surprised if Newcastle are after Murphy.
Newcastle need to bring in a striker to replace Papiss Cisse who left to play in China earlier in the summer and we have been linked with a few strikers over the last few weeks.
One striker we have been linked all summer with is Fulham’s Ross McCormack, although he seems expensive and could cost as much as £13M.
33 year-old Daryl Murphy
The fact that Fulham are looking for a striker is because they expect to cash in on McCormack very soon.
But Rafa Benitez is also building for the future and bringing in a 33 year-old who was at Sunderland from 2005-2010 wouldn’t appear to be a very sensible acquisition.
Waterford-born Murphy was in action for Ireland at the Euros and is in the final year of his contact at Ipswich, but Rafa will likely bring in a younger striker with even Ross McCormack probably too old at 29.
While at Sunderland for five seasons he scored 14 goals in 124 appearances and at Ipswich Town he has scored 67 goals in 213 Championship league appearances for the East Anglia club – which is not too bad.
But we’d still be surprised if Newcastle are after this striker.
What do you think?