Newcastle and Ipswich agree Daryl Murphy transfer fee
By Sky Sports News HQ
Last Updated: 28/08/16 10:08am
Newcastle United have agreed a fee with Ipswich Town for Daryl Murphy after the striker handed in a transfer request, and the deal is expected to be concluded soon.
The 33-year-old was left out of the Ipswich squad to face Preston on Saturday and is now set to join the Magpies once he passes a medical and agrees personal terms.
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy was asked about Murphy after his side had beaten North End 1-0 at Portman Road.
"It's disappointing to lose Daryl but I can understand his reasons for wanting to go to Newcastle and we wish him well," he said.
"Murph has been great for me over the past few years but it's a good deal all round. I didn't want to keep an unhappy player. We will reinvest and get other players in."
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is looking to boost his striking options and Murphy's Championship experience - as well as his height - will be a useful asset to the Spaniard.
The Republic of Ireland international scored 27 league goals for Ipswich during the 2014/15 season and has netted 67 goals in total for the Tractor Boys in 213 appearances - he had three loan spells at Portman Road ahead of his permanent move from Celtic in June 2013.
Murphy, who has one year remaining on his contract with Ipswich, started his career at Luton Town and has also played for Waterford United and Sunderland as well as having loan spells with Harrow Borough and Sheffield Wednesday.
He was part of the Republic of Ireland squad at Euro 2016 and won his 21st and 22nd caps when starting in their games against Italy and France.