Newcastle United striker Daryl Murphy could swap Tyneside for Wearside this summer, with the Irishman having been recommended to North-East rivals Sunderland according to The Chronicle.
As you’d expect, Murphy has been told he’s free to leave St James’ Park this summer with the club prepared to listen to offers, and it appears Sunderland, his former club, could be his next destination.
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Former Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, who also worked with Murphy at Ipswich, has played down talk that the 34-year-old could return to Portman Road this, but has supported talk of the Irishman signing for the Black Cats:
“If they (Newcastle) want full recovery of his wages, then no (we won’t resign him),”
“I would be surprised – if I was the new Sunderland manager I would take him there because he’s living in the North East and he is a very good championship player. Someone of that (Sunderland) ilk, with the ability to pay those sort of wages, will have the ability to do it.”
“I think that’s where he will end up at a club where he’ll be able to command that sort of money.”
Personally, i’d not hold it against Murphy if he opted for a move to Sunderland. He’s been a mode professional during his time at Newcastle and rarely let us down on the pitch, so if the move suited him, it’d appear to be a deal to suit all parties.