Newcastle United’s summer spending spree continued with the signing of Daryl Murphy from Ipswich Town, reports The Chronicle.
A fee of £3m was agreed with the Tractor Boys, and a further £1m is payable if the Magpies win promotion this season.
Rafa Benitez said that Murphy had been signed to provide competition for his forwards. Losing Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle for yesterday’s 2 – 0 win over Brighton and Hove Albion highlighted the lack of depth in the central striking position.
Murphy, capped 22 times by the Republic of Ireland, left Portman Road with Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy’s blessing:
“I think it’s one of those deals that if we didn’t let him go I don’t know how much we’d get out of him for a few weeks, and I get that.
“I’ve got no animosity towards him.”
Murphy, 33, signed a two-year deal at St James Park and has previously played for Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday, as well as Ipswich in the Championship, playing over 250 games at this level.
The striker will be available to make his debut against Derby County after the international break has finished.