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Sky Sports – Newcastle Agree Fee For Ipswich Striker

2:40 pm, Saturday, August 27th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

Newcastle and Ipswich Town have agreed a fee for the transfer of Irish striker Daryl Murphy, who has been at Ipswich for the last three years since signing on from Celtic and was on loan for the two seasons before that.

Daryl is not young at 33, but Rafa wanted a striker who has proven he can score goals in the Championship and Murphy seems to be that player.

Daryl also beings five years of past experience playing in the Championship, which is another positive for the big Irishman – who stands 6ft 3ins tall.


Daryl Murphy – fee agreed with Ipswich Town

Keith Downie of Sky Sports has reported the news with Daryl handing in a transfer request to leave the club.

Murphy has already made 4 appearances for the Tractor Boys this season, but has been left out of the Ipswich squad to face Preston North End today and the next step is for Daryl to travel to Newcastle for his medical.

Given he comes through that OK then he will presumably become a Newcastle player some time over the weekend, all being well.

The striker was at Sunderland for five years from 2005 after signing on from his home town club Waterford Town – and he then moved to Celtic in the summer of 2010 for three years before ending up permanently at Ipswich.

He was on loan at Ipswich for two years  before signing permanently and in the five seasons he has played at the Suffolk club he has scored 67 goals in 221 games.

On the face of it this seems a strange signing for a 33 year-old, but Rafa Benitez wanted a big striker who could score goals in the Championship so we would expect Daryl to get a short term deal at Newcastle – maybe a two year deal?

But he can do a good job at Newcastle – especially this season when our number one goal is to get promoted straight back to the Premier League.

Daryl made his debut for Ireland against Ecuador at Giants Stadium way back in May 2007, and he has 22 caps to his name.

He was in the Ireland squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in France this summer and he will be joining his Ireland team-mate Ciaran Clark on Tyneside.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John Tudor // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    4 apps no goals lol

  • 2 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:43 PM

    I’m guessing he’s a squad filler but still a bit disappointed they’re not signing promising young players to be back up.

    Also, I presume Sissoko voiced similar concerns about being overvalued when he was given his £?,000 a week contract?

  • 3 toon kk // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    Strange buy, the money should have been put towards a younger prolific striker.

  • 4 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:47 PM

    So – guess that’s the transfer policy age limit finally blown out of the water then. Is he getting a medical or just the carbon dating?

  • 5 CSC92 // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Underwhelmed to say the least. I’d be surprised if he even scores a single goal for us.

  • 6 Belfast // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Not to keen on this one like. He had a purple patch for a couple of seasons but I’m nearly sure he’s got like 30 caps for R Ireland and no goals.

  • 7 Spoof // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    With Murphy and most likely Lazaar we are almost in a position where we have two specialist’s for all 11 places on the team, all we need is an attacking central midfielder and another winger, however due to the flexibility of Perez and Gouffran even if we don’t sign any of the remaining two then we are still in a strong position, I can’t remember the last time we had a squad which is as fit for purpose as the one which we have now, happy days !!!!

  • 8 Munster Mag // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:50 PM

    Nice one rafa, this guy will score goals …more than mitro possibly

  • 9 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:51 PM

    I remain underwhelmed though. So far.

  • 10 Belfast // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    There’s hope though – Remember Siberski !!

  • 11 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:52 PM

    There’s a definite lack of whelm here. Not much whelming going on at all. Smacks of whelmlessness gone mad. Mad I TELLS YA!

  • 12 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:53 PM

    I liked sibs. He should have taken the year contract. He probably would have done that for three years.

  • 13 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    MMmm. Derby just spent £14m – any chance Will Hughes s being sold to us then?

  • 14 Bryan // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    I am shocked, another step towards championship meritocracy . If we continue along this path I cant see us getting out of this division any time soon. If McClaren had done this we would all be calling for his head.
    I am totally unimpressed.

  • 15 Belfast // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:54 PM

    Stop trusting your judgement after Saviet Munster. You’ve just cursed the poor bloke.

  • 16 CSC92 // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:55 PM

    How is a 33yr old Daryl Murphy getting a contract at Newcastle. Pains me how far the club has fallen

  • 17 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    @Bryan- why would you not want a meritocracy?

    I presume you meant mediocrity?

  • 18 Belfast // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:56 PM

    Exactly Skunki – I’m putting the Siberski polish and shine on this one.

  • 19 Belfast // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    He’s not actually shocking like pretty good record in this division.

  • 20 Spoof // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:58 PM


    who have Derby just signed !

  • 21 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2016 at 2:59 PM

    Quite a coup, apparently we beat off competition from Mansfield Town for his signature. The future is bright….

  • 22 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Was looking forward to seeing Sebastian Haller sign. We have now signed a player worser than Riviere. Riviere is one of our best strikers by the way. He should be playing. Losing patience with Benitez. Poor signings. What’s the point in selling Cisse when we sign this Murphy bloke. Cisse is younger and better.

  • 23 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Benitez had said ahead of the clash with Brighton : “We can afford players if it is necessary, but sometimes it is not easy because they won’t come to the Championship or they are in the Champions League.”

    Think people need to remember which division we are in!!

    We cant keep signing foreign players with potential every season as it sent us down!! We need some nasty experienced pros who will help the young lads out and Murphy will do this he will be like a Best or Shola style striker who will be happy to do his bit and be part of squad rotation ! He will probably score more goals than Mitrovic this season if given the same amount of games!

    With Yedlin and Lazaar providing the pace and width to put the ball into the box we could have plenty of chances being created for our strikers finally !

    If we can get Atsu , Judge and someone like Knockhaert we would be flying !!

  • 24 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:02 PM

    Won’t we all be ashamed when he’s splitting the old onion bag every week ha ha

  • 25 CSC92 // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    I like how when Rafa mentioned an experienced striker coming in everyone was grumbling at the the thought of Crouch.. Ha I wish!!

  • 26 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:03 PM

    Worse, Ketsbaia. Worse.

  • 27 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:03 PM


    To be fair Gayle is Cisses replacement and he is younger and currently looks like offering a lot more than Cisse !

    He would never have scored Gayles last 2 goals for us his knees have gone! Hes been shocking in China as well!

  • 28 Tsunki // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    Sutty not just Mansfield but Saltwell Crem!

  • 29 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:04 PM

    @Spoof – the Bristol striker Kodjia. Amazing amount of money for him. He’s not even young I don’t think.
    I didn’t think Derby had much money so it makes you wonder.

  • 30 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:05 PM

    Cisse was a class player. Demba Ba would’ve been good for us this season. Hopefully Murphy gets injured and we keep Riviere. Gouffran is better playing as a centre forward. That’s his main position.

  • 31 SUTTY1978 // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:08 PM


    Regarding that Rafa quote, in that case why not buy a better player from the championship? Derby have just bought Kodjia from BC, he got 20 goals last season. Or why not buy Chris Martin from Derby or Assombolonga from Forest or Nahki Wells. There’s plenty of better strikers we could have got who would be over the moon to play for the Toon in the championship
    We may as well have brought Shola out of retirement instead of this lad. It’s just a cheap, shit move.

  • 32 OneAlanShearer // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    Kets. …are you on ketamine??!! Only kidding. Daryl Murphy may not be what we want but he’s what we need. 50 goals in 3 championship seasons. Target man. Riviere is not what we need. It’s about getting out of this league right now. Lazaar, atsu, Murphy all give us options and help balance the side. A hell of a lot of games to be played.

  • 33 Jail for Ashley // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:08 PM

    For the last eight years we have complained that we have not bought at the right time and moaned that Wayama and Van Dijk weren’t bought because of limited sell on value etc, we have just bought a player who is obviously prepared to sit on the bench and wait for his chance when Frankenstein is injured or suspended, who cares if we have to give him away for free next year if he does the business this season.

  • 34 Spoof // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:08 PM


    cheers, but being a striker I would be surprised if they allowed an attacking midfielder to leave due to that signing, but you never know, I would love to see Hughes come mind, he has always been impressive when I’ve seen him.

  • 35 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    “Hopefully Murphy gets injured ” – Is there something wrong with you?

  • 36 OneAlanShearer // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:09 PM

    Other championship clubs may not Want to sell. It’s like rafa has said. It’s about what you can get. Murphy fits what’s needed.

  • 37 gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club) // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:11 PM

    @Spoof – I thought the same, I just wondered how else Derby County could afforda 14m signing – I didn’t think they had much if any money to spend. Hughes is their prize possession.

  • 38 Small World // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:12 PM

    OK the guy didn’t discover his shooting boots until he was 30. Let’s call him a late developer. However still –

    1) A strange buy
    2) A former regular for the Mackems

    … good luck with this one Rafa.

    Anyhoooo -> off the to the match in a tick..

  • 39 firebug666 // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    The thing with the Sissoko interview should see him dumped into the reserves. He not only believes his own hype, but the press too. Rafa has stated twice now that they have not put any valuation on Sissoko as they would like to keep him, but if a good offer comes in they will look at it.

    I think I read we have had six offers tabled for him, but we do not know how much they were for, so we cannot judge the club.

    We can however judge mouthy Sissoko, as he is in the club, he will know what the offers were through his agent, he may think they were enough as he wants out, the club obviously think different.

    He may think that by disrespecting the club he will for a move. My guess is he will face punishment, he Has already had one warning conversation were Rafa told him to concentrate on his football and leave the transfers to his agent. Seems he just doesn’t listen, and maybe that’s why he is so poor on the field.

  • 40 Shadow_Shearer // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:13 PM

    He doesn’t seem a prolific goal scorer, so he better be dahm good at holding up the ball. Otherwise I don’t see any point on him coming.

  • 41 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:14 PM


    To be fair Kodja is going to cost 15 million for Derby! Hes not worth that pretty sure Rafa will have looked at a lot of those strikers you mentioned and to be honest none of them are head and shoulders above Murphy who will be a lot cheaper which can mean we can spend money on another player instead!!

    I wanted us to sign Assombolonga but Forest apparently want close to 20 million and is quite injury prone Murphy has also scored more goals in the last few seasons

    I wish we could still sign the best of the best but we have to be realistic !

  • 42 Ketsbaia9 // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:16 PM

    Atsu and Lazaar. Ok, lets give Murphy a chance and sell him when we go up. Was hoping for Jay Rodriguez.

  • 43 JP...from The Rock // Aug 27, 2016 at 3:19 PM

    Underwhelmed with Murphy signing to say the least. We needed a younger, fast strong striker. I would have thought Haller ticked all the right boxes but maybe he didn’t want to cone here. Anyway we’re stuck with Murphey now. Anyone know if he’s slow or likes to get stuck in and holds up play well?

  • 44 jimnufc // Aug 27, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    ok Daryl Murphy to sign just youtubed him from last season,he aint slow and scored some cracking goals

  • 45 davetoon // Aug 27, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Speaking of older players. I can’t believe Given is still starting for Stoke!

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