By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle want to sign Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy before the transfer window closes on Wednesday, according to a report.
Independent Ipswich Town news site TWTD claims that the north east club are showing a strong interest in the 33-year-old player, who was formerly at fierce rivals Sunderland.
The Irish Independent claims that Mick McCarthy’s side turned down a £4.5million bid from Middlesbrough for their striker last summer and it is claimed that it would take a significant fee from Newcastle to sign Murphy with the deadline so close, despite his age.
However, the report also claims that the side from Suffolk have shown an interest in taking 19-year-old Newcastle youngster Adam Armstrong on loan.
Murphy previously played for Sunderland between 2005 to 2010 and played in 122 games, scoring 14 goals.
However, in recent years Murphy has become a more proficient scorer.
The experienced forward moved to Ipswich permanently in 2013 from Scotland giants Celtic after two initial loan spells at Portman Road.
The 23-time capped Republic of Ireland international has starred in 134 fixtures since his move scoring 50 goals.
The striker has played four times for Ipswich in the new campaign, providing two assists without scoring.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Juventus are interested in Moussa Sissoko.