Saturday brought confirmation that Newcastle United had reached agreement with Ipswich Town for the transfer of Daryl Murphy.
It was Sky Sports who broke the story about the deal for the 33 year old forward, further confirming that they are back working closely with Newcastle United, being fed the exclusives such as breaking transfers.
On Sunday morning, Newcastle United officially confirmed that Murphy was now a Newcastle player but as usual it was with ‘transfer fee undisclosed’.
However, Sky Sports have now revealed the finances of the deal.
Sky’s man in the north east Keith Downie announcing that the deal has cost Newcastle £3m up front, with a further £1m payable to Ipswich if Newcastle win promotion.
The reaction of Ipswich fans when news broke yesterday appeared to be wishing the player well and thanking him for what he’s done for the club – but also saying that the speculated transfer fee figures meant maybe a decent deal for Ipswich, when it is a player who turns 34 this season.
If Newcastle do go up then there won’t be any complaints from the Newcastle end, though with promotion it would then be very unlikely that we’d see Daryl Murphy complete his two year contract…
Rafa Benitez revealed on Friday 26 August that a forward was arriving…:
“But he (Adam Armstrong) knows that we’ll sign an experienced striker and has been in contact with some clubs that can maybe take him on loan.
The Newcastle boss had already shown that strict age constraints are a thing of the past with 31 year old Jesuz Gamez arriving on a two year deal, so on age alone you couldn’t rule out Rafa thinking about 33 year old Daryl Murphy.
Able to play on both the wing and through the middle, Murphy’s versatility would also be an asset, plus the absence of Gayle and Mitrovic for Brighton has pointed to the lack of striking options, with not many fans seeing Ayoze Perez as an out and out forward.
Brought over from Waterford United, Daryl Murphy had limited success in his four years on Wearside, although 10 of his 15 Sunderland goals came in the 2006/07 Championship season for them.
After a disappointing few years at Celtic, the striker/winger has really came into his own at Ipswich Town, over the course of these past three seasons Daryl Murphy has scored 50 goals (27 in 2014/15) in 117 Championship starts (+8 as sub).
Daryl Murphy has also benefitted on the international scene due to his Championship form, the Ipswich player playing against both France and Italy for Ireland at this summer’s Euros.