Nottingham Forest are close to signing Newcastle United striker Daryl Murphy for a fee of around £2 million, according to The Daily Mail.

As the Magpies prepare for their Premier League return, they are looking to offload the 34-year-old, who is deemed surplus to requirements.

Meanwhile, Forest need to replace forward Britt Assombalonga, who recently headed to Middlesbrough for £12 million.

The deal will therefore suit both parties and could be wrapped up shortly according to the report, making the East Midlands side Murphy’s sixth professional club.

After signing from Ipswich Town in August last year for £3.5 million, the Republic of Ireland international scored five goals in 15 appearances in 2016-17 to help Newcastle secure promotion from the Championship.

Speaking about his future during pre-season, he knew he faced a battle to get into Rafa Benitez’s side.

“I know it is going to be tough here to get into the team. I just have to wait and see what happens,” The Mail quoted him as saying.

“No matter what level you are at you want to play at the highest level you can.

“I’m no different to anybody else. I want to play at the highest level against the best players.”

However, in an interview with The Shields Gazette earlier this summer, he said he expected to be sold and had no hard feelings against Benitez.

“He thanked me for what I had done and said they were going to listen to a few offers,” Murphy said.

“I said ‘that’s fine’. I always knew I had been brought in there to do a specific job, to help the club get promoted.

“I had no illusions that I was going to be starting for Newcastle in the Premier League if we got up.”

Already behind Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ayoze Perez in the pecking order, and with Frenchman Emmanuel Riviere now back at the club, Murphy’s chances of playing in the Premier League were always going to be limited.

Newcastle will hope to add a replacement to Benitez’s ranks before the new season starts, with the Tyneside outfit reliant on Gayle for goals.

The Magpies reportedly remain in the market for strikers, including rumoured moves for Islam Slimani, Andre Gray and others, so a move to stay in the Championship is very much on the cards for the Irishman.

Forest have brought in 21-year-old forward Jason Cummings from Hibernian but Murphy will add vital experience to their squad.

A solid Championship player, the veterean will boost Mark Warburton’s options in the final third and look to fill the boots of Assombalonga and Ross McCormack, who has since returned to Aston Villa after a loan stint at the City Ground side in the second half of last season.

As a veteran of 10 Championship campaigns, Murphy looks likely to miss out on a second chance in the Premier League, but the forward will be motivated to help Forest have a markedly better 2017-18.


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