Daryl Murphy is set to be on his way.

The Newcastle striker has been targeted by Nottingham Forest, with the Times (and now others) confirming that a bid in excess of £2m has been made.

The £15m received by Forest from Middlesbrough for Britt Assombalonga ensuring two things; they need to get at least one new striker in and they have plenty of money to invest in new players, at Championship level.

With 50 Championship goals in his final three seasons at Ipswich, Daryl Murphy was clearly more than good enough for the second tier, leading Rafa Benitez to buy him for £3m with a £1m bonus payable as an extra, if Newcastle were promoted.

Despite making only seven starts and the club losing almost half their money on him, Murphy bizarrely (to some) is seen as a successful signing, in a bit of a one off.

A bit like paying for insurance that you never claim on, Daryl Murphy was only needed on a very limited basis as Rafa gave him seven Championship starts and eight appearances off the bench, nevertheless he contributed five valuable goals and one assist in the league.

The media in Nottingham claim that a medical and finalised deal could happen as quick as the next 24 hours, despite still claims from a handful of other Championship clubs in trying to land the striker as well.

It was seven weeks ago (see below) when Daryl Murphy first confirmed that he would be on his way this summer.

The striker revealing that before heading off on international duty with Ireland, Rafa Benitez had thanked him for his contribution but that Newcastle were now going to sell him.

The Irish international saying that he knew the score when he signed and couldn’t praise Rafa’s management skills enough.

Hopefully plenty other of Newcastle’s surplus players will be finding new clubs, enabling them to get games elsewhere and Rafa Benitez to have his hand strengthened in terms of funds to bring in the players he now needs for the Premier League.

Daryl Murphy – 11 June 2016:

“Rafa is a top, top manager. He texted me after the Uruguay game to say well done.

“I spoke to him last week about my future and he thanked me for what I had done and said they were going to listen to a few offers. I said ‘that’s fine’.

“I always knew I had been brought in there to do a specific job, to help the club get promoted. I had no illusions that I was going to be starting for Newcastle in the Premier League if we got up.

“I have got another year left on my contract and I will go back there for pre-season and just look at my options.

“Last season was good, though. Rafa managed everything very well.

“We had a lot of big name players and maybe if it had been another manager he wouldn’t have got the best out of them as there would have been players sulking.

“But he used every player in the squad at the right time so everybody was fighting for a place.

“When the other strikers got injured, I knew I had to produce the goods for him, and I did, getting three goals in three games.

“We got some good results. I didn’t start many games – just seven in the league, nine in all competitions.

“But I scored six times and felt I deserved my medal whereas before, when I was at Celtic, we won the Cup but I barely featured and didn’t take a medal then because I had not earned it.

“This time I played my part.

“And I have Rafa to thank for that. To work with him, you see at first-hand how good he is and realise why he has such a superb CV.

“His attention to detail, everything is spot-on. He wants to know everything that is going on at the club. He makes time for everyone.”

  • Jimblag23

    I don’t know why the author seems to think Murphy wasn’t a success.
    He did well when ever he was needed and at times he was needed, simple as that.

    • Paul Busby

      Agreed. Seems to be very professional about the situation as well.
      Lot of respect for the guy and wish him all the best.

      • Anita kick up the Hoop

        I wish him all the best as well .., but we’d have been better off not buying him … have you ever faced a club with him on the oppositions team sheet and thought.. he’s a good player! … no you haven’t … he scored a few goals for us BUT you could have played Rivière in that league and he would have scored!!

        • Paul Busby

          I’ve seen zero evidence Riviere could have done the same.
          This was the point, he was proven at the level we bought him for and he cost (relatively speaking) pennies.

        • Desree

          Own goals maybes

        • Jimblag23

          I think promotion vindicates the signing.
          Who knows what would have happened if we didn’t sign him, I certainly don’t.
          He may also have had a mature, calming influence on a young squad which is stuff we don’t see.

        • ToonNL

          A has previously been mentioned, he proved his worth during the hudd brighton reading week. he stepped up and proved his worth there.

          Don’t really see why you’re still arguing. Regardless of your opinion on him he did his job when we needed him most, more so than many of our other players in recent history

    • Anita kick up the Hoop

      The division was awful though .. four million reasons why Murphy was a daft buy

      • Paul Patterson

        Take his goals off us and we wouldn’t have been Champions then..

    • MadMag83

      Yep, came in and did the job when required. Had promotion not been achieved then yes you could ask questions, but we were promoted and he played his part. He isn’t complaining about being moved on either, good luck to him as he seems a genuine team player.

  • TubbyMunky

    Always put in a shift – put some more expensive players to shame.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    I see him as a average journeyman footballer that I knew was bang average at every club he played at before signing for us and who i believe was in fact a waste of £4 million as well as blocking the path to first team football for the likes of Armstrong… I’m convinced that Armstrong would have offered us more had he been allowed to stay at his parent club during our championship spell.. a totally different brand of forward to Murphy but one we should have given an opportunity to rather than spend on a one season stop gap

    • Jimblag23

      Armstrong didn’t exactly set the world alight at Barnsley.
      This is a big year for him.

      • mentalman

        Armstrong showed at Barnsley that he couldn’t play as a lone striker

        • Jimblag23

          Exactly and that’s what he’d of had to do for us.

  • mactoon

    I think he was an excellent signing and did well when he came on. Good cover for Gayle when he was injured which seemed to be a lot. Hope Rafa doesn’t forget this and makes sure we still have cover

  • Rich Lawson

    Looked good every time he got a game,he should have got more.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    He did the job he was brought in to do,a good professional

  • Daniel MacGregor

    The lad came in, did his job, never moaned. Good solid pro. Good luck at Forest

  • Paul Patterson

    Solid professional. A bit like Kevin Gallacher was under Sir Bobby. Good luck in future.

  • HarryHype59

    Good luck to Murphy, he was an honest pro and looked better than Mitro in the Championship last season. I did think the 4m fee was high and the fact he is going to Forest for half that amount indicates this was true.

    • Clarko

      He is a year older and is no longer needed at Newcastle hence the lower fee.

  • goggsy

    Good luck to him. The week that won us the league was undoubtedly the Huddersfield,Brighton,reading week and that week could have been different without Murphy regardless of how much game time he had,when he was needed he influenced.Rafa like any manager needed and still does need players who can do a job and not players who might.

  • Haitchdee

    Personally I’d keep him if he wanted to stay. Proper professional Did his job when asked. Could teach Mitro how to be a 90 minute footballer.

  • Mike

    Good luck and thanks for your professional attitude

  • Jezza

    I was distinctly underwhelmed to say the least when we signed him but now I’ll be quite sad to see him go. He always looked decent when he got his chances last season. He filled the target man role very well, leading the line and holding up the ball far better than Mitrovic ever could.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      i dont think Mitro is ever going to make it in the Prem, Shame

      • Jezza

        I gave up any lingering hope of Mitro ever doing a job for us when I saw him being out paced and out muscled for the whole 90 minutes by average third division defenders at Oxford.

        • Geordiegiants

          He has everything but footballing ability.

    • Paul Patterson

      It’s a good point that. If people watched Mitrovic and Murphy, you’d struggle to tell which one cost £12m+ and which one cost £4m.
      Murphy has been a far bigger success story for us, albeit in the Championship.

      • Geordiegiants

        I think it would be easy to get confused about who cost what.

  • East Durham Mag

    A consumate professional who came a did the job he was asked to without whining when he didn’t get the nod over other players. Good luck to him. If other footballers had his attitude the game would be much richer.

  • Alreet

    Very good lad. Did the job for us when gayle was out. Good luck boy. You have yourselves a top striker there forrest.

  • TheNutJob

    I hear there was a surge in Sports Direct shares this morning, Leazes must be cashing his in 😂😂😂😂

  • TheNutJob

    top bloke Murph, i wish him all the best

  • Wor Lass

    Good man – best of luck.

  • Geordiegiants

    I would of kept him for one more season and sold Mitro and Perez. One more top class striker and another squad striker with Murphy until we get the prem money in.

  • Franzcarrsuperstar

    Good player who scored some good goals and looked fit as a fiddle for his age. I’m sure he will do well at Forest for a couple of years. One of those players a bit like Sibierski that turned out to be better than I expected and I will remain fond of Murphy, and grateful to him for his effort and quality.

  • Down Under Mag

    Came in, did a great job for us when called upon and is easily good enough for the Championship…just question marks over his ability for the top flight. I do feel for him not getting a chance to play Premiership football with us given his goals were an important part of our promotion push when others were injured, but selling now while his stock is still high gets us a bit of cash in and frees up squad space for another player.

    Good luck to him, I thank him for his effort in getting us promoted and I am sure he will do a great job for whoever gets him for this comign season.