By Harvey Byrne

Newcastle have agreed a fee for Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy after he handed in a transfer request, according to a reliable journalist.

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 their Championship counterparts for the prolific 33-year-old.

The Irish Independent claimed that Mick McCarthy’s side turned down a £4.5million bid from Middlesbrough for their striker last summer.

However, with the striker entering the final year of his contract at Portman Road and handing in a request to leave the club, Rafa Benitez could have picked up the striker at a lower price than Ipswich would have wanted.

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.

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 scored an impressive 50 goals in 134 fixtures for McCarthy’s team.

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

In other Newcastle transfer news, loan moves for Emmanuel Riviere and Yoan Gouffran are stumbling due to the pair’s high wages.