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.
Newcastle have agreed a fee with Ipswich Town for Daryl Murphy, after the striker handed in a transfer request at Portman Road.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 27, 2016
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?