By Abigail Withey
Nottingham Forest have won the race to sign Newcastle United striker Daryl Murphy, according to a reliable journalist.
Lee Ryder, the Chronicle’s chief sports writer and Newcastle multimedia journalist, has revealed that the Magpies had received enquiries from three different Championship clubs for the 34-year-old.
The journalist claims that the three clubs who have their eye on the centre-forward are Birmingham, Sunderland and Nottingham Forest.
It is said that Forest have tabled a bid of £2 million for the Ireland international which appears to have been successful.
Ryder shared the news on his official Twitter account on Wednesday evening.
#nufc have had 3 enquiries for Daryl Murphy. Birmingham, Sunderland and Forest all in. Forest's £2million looks like they've won the race
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) July 19, 2017
Murphy moved to St. James’ Park last summer from Ipswich Town in a two-year-deal worth around £3 million, and the striker looks set to step back down to the Championship after helping the Magpies gain promotion to the top flight.
During the first half of the season the Irishman was struck with a calf injury from October to December which saw him miss a total of 15 Newcastle games.
Throughout the rest of the season the 34-year-old made 23 appearances where he scored seven goals and provided three assists across all competitions.
Football Insider verdict
Murphy last played in the Premier League during the 2009/10 season while on loan with Sunderland, but has played in the Championship since. Staying at Newcastle would allow the 34-year-old return to the top flight for probably the last time of his career and it would be disappointing to move back down to a Championship side. However, at Forest the striker would be guaranteed more playing time as Benitez looks keen to recruit a new centre-forward in the closing weeks of the transfer window. The Toon boss may also want the funds from the Murphy move to help fund more signings over the summer instead of taking the risk and losing him for free this time next year.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Toon supporters have welcomed Benitez’ newest signing.