Mick McCarthy has been quizzed after rumours circulated that Daryl Murphy is on his way back to Ipswich Town.

A surprise signing by Rafa Benitez, with Newcastle paying £3m plus £1m bonus if promoted, for a 33 year old striker.

Murphy had scored 50 Championship goals for Ipswich in the past three seasons but things haven’t exactly worked out for the Irish international at Newcastle so far.

Whilst injury has been a factor, Rafa hasn’t even put Daryl Murphy on the bench in a Championship game, though the forward has played in the League Cup – starting against Wolves and off the bench last week in the Hull match.

Mick McCarthy was blunt as ever when asked the question, saying ‘there’s no chance’ of Murphy returning to Portman Road.

Only Wigan have scored less than Ipswich’s paltry 17 goals this season and the former Sunderland Manager is under pressure to bring in extra goals in January, especially with the Murphy money yet to be reinvested.

McCarthy says that with ‘zillions’ at stake, why would Rafa Benitez consider loaning out a player who might just score a valuable ‘winner at some stage’.

Asked whether Newcastle might see the benefits of Murphy going out on loan and potentially taking points off promotion rivals, Mick McCarthy joked that if that’s the case, Rafa Benitez ‘might want to lend me a few others’ as well as Murphy!

Mick McCarthy speaking to the Green Un:

Daryl Murphy to return on loan in January?

“No. I say that speaking on behalf of Rafa Benitez.

“If you are going for promotion it doesn’t matter what you’re spending on the players. If you look like you are going to earn zillions (by getting back into Premier League) why would you even consider getting shot of a player that might score you a winner at some stage?

“There’s no chance, no. He won’t be going anywhere.

 “Should I say there’s a place for him here just in case? Put my sandwich board on?!”

Newcastle see the benefits of loaning Murphy back to play against promotion rivals?

“You could say that but we’re starting to double guess a few people now aren’t we?

“It’s also a question of whether he’d come back. He’s had his time here, had his success here and got his big move.

“I’m always open to suggestions though if Rafa fancies it. He might want to lend me a few others if it helps us beat all the teams around him!

“We need to get goals, we have only scored 17 and that’s not good enough. We desperately need some.”

Regret letting Murphy go?

“No, I don’t, it was the right deal for the club.

“It was almost impossible (to stop) with him being 33, the wages he was going to be paid, the contract he was going to get and the club he was going to. It would have been hard to motivate him here after all of that.

“Yes, we’re missing him but I remember when nobody was bothered whether we signed him or not.

“It’s a good deal for the club and we should be able to reinvest that money at some stage to get another striker. We’ll see.”

Will Mick McCarthy have the Murphy money to spend in January?

“Well I haven’t spent it have I?

“I would like to replace him in January, of course I would. Whether that’s X million pounds is another matter. I’d like to replace the goals though, of course.”