Daryl Murphy to Newcastle: Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy confirms signing

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy has confirmed that striker Daryl Murphy is set to join Newcastle United after accepting his transfer request.

The 33-year-old – who went to Euro 2016 with the Republic of Ireland – is at St James's Park today for the game against Brighton ahead of a proposed £3.5million move.

Murphy, a proven goalscorer at Championship level, was left out of the Ipswich squad for this afternoon's home game against Preston North End.

And after the Tractor Boys had won 1-0, McCarthy said: "It's disappointing to lose Daryl but I can understand his reasons for wanting to go to Newcastle and we wish him well.

"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."

Rafa Benitez wants another experienced, physical striker to provide back-up to Aleksandar Mitrovic.

Meanwhile, the Gazette understands that Palermo left-back Achraf Lazaar is due on Tyneside for a medical.