By Amir Mir

Newcastle are interested in bringing former Celtic striker Daryl Murphy to St. James’ Park, according to a report.

The Scottish Sun claim the Ipswich striker, 33, is attracting interest from the north-east giants as well as Championship rivals Fulham.

The Republic of Ireland international participated for his home country at Euro 2016 where he delivered some impressive performances for Martin O’Neill’s side.

It is said Toon boss Rafa Bentiez and Fulham are on the lookout for a recognised goalscorer with Murphy’s 37 league goals for Ipswich in the last two seasons providing interest to both clubs.

In the 2014-15 season, Murphy scored an impressive 27 league goals, which led to him signing a new contract with the Portman Road club that expires in 12 months.

The veteran striker is a proven scorer in the Championship, netting 77 times and supplying 40 assists in 255 matches in the competition.

Former Real Madrid boss Bentiez has signed Premier League striker Dwight Gayle for a fee of £10 million, while Fulham are fending away interest for their £10 million rated striker Ross McCormack who netted 21-goals last term.

In the latest Newcastle transfer news, Rafa Bentiez has joined the race to sign this highly-rated England under-19 international defender.