By Dominic Toner

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has revealed that Daryl Murphy will be joining Newcastle.

McCarthy confirmed on Saturday evening that the striker handed in a transfer request earlier in the day and will complete a switch to the Championship big hitters.

Keith Downie, a north east reporter for Sky Sports News, has claimed on his personal Twitter account that a deal has been agreed between the Magpies and Ipswich for the prolific 33-year-old.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has finalised a deal for the striker after taking advantage of the fact he has entered the final year of his contract at Portman Road.

Murphy previously played for Newcastle’s fierce rivals Sunderland between 2005 to 2010 and played in 122 games, scoring 14 goals.

However, in recent years Murphy has become a more proficient scorer and the 23-time capped Republic of Ireland international has netted an impressive 50 goals for Ipswich in 134 fixtures.

The striker has played four times for Ipswich in the new campaign, providing two assists without scoring.

In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are close to signing a defender for £3million.