BREAKING: Daryl Murphy close to Newcastle move, Achraf Lazaar set for medical

Daryl Murphy
Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy is set to join Newcastle United after the striker handed in a transfer request at Ipswich Town.

Rafa Benitez is looking to bring an experienced striker to St James's Park to provide back-up to Aleksandar Mitrovic.

And Sky Sports report that Newcastle have agreed a fee with Ipswich for Murphy, who had a five-year spell at Sunderland earlier in his career.

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The 33-year-old – who went to Euro 2016 with the Republic of Ireland – is a proven goalscorer at Championship level.

Murphy was left out of the Ipswich squad for this afternoon's home game against Preston North End.

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

The 24-year-old Morocco international will cost around £3million.

Benitez spoke about the club's progress in the transfer market ahead of this evening's Championship home game against Brighton and Hove Albion.

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