By Harvey Byrne
Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy revealed on Saturday that Daryl Murphy will be joining Newcastle – and supporters of the Magpies weren’t sold on the experienced Championship attacker.
The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland international handed a transfer request into the Suffolk club following the north east side’s interest and he is now in line to join up with Rafa Benitez’s team.
The forward was left out of McCarthy’s squad for the Championship clash against Preston North End on Saturday in a signal that a move was imminent before the Portman Road manager’s confirmation.
The club have already signed forward Dwight Gayle this summer, while they also have Aleksandar Mitrovic and Adam Armstrong in the forward pecking order.
Fans took to social media to post their views on the expected signing and were particularly vocal about Murphy’s age.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Not sold on murphy at 33 he won't be a huge asset to us but he is proven at this level and options never hurt. #nufc
— Nick Cahill (@nickcahill9) August 27, 2016
Not sure how I feel about Daryl Murphy. 33 years old. If Rafa thinks he will add value to the squad then fair play and crack on #NUFC
— Harky (@TooMuchHarky) August 27, 2016
— Shane Milburn (@Sheepshufter) August 27, 2016
— Top Bonarna (@AlBonar10) August 27, 2016
I'm assuming that #NUFC have signed Daryl Murphy simply for the craic.
— Phil Williams (@Phil_W90) August 27, 2016
don't understand why we're signing daryl Murphy #nufc
— Nath (@nathannjohnsonn) August 27, 2016
— Kind of a big deal (@grahamcrosby) August 27, 2016
— Leigh Carter (@leighsamagpie) August 27, 2016
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, moves for Emmanuel Riviere and Yoan Gouffran are stumbling due to the pair’s high wages.