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Done Deal: Newcastle Sign Irish International Striker

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Newcastle have completed the signing of Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy, as confirmed by both clubs this morning.

The 33-year-old has signed for an undisclosed fee after terms were agreed between the two clubs yesterday. Murphy handed in a transfer request earlier this week, effectively forcing Ipswich’s hand.

The 33-year-old forward has signed a two-year deal with the club.

Speaking to Newcastle’s website upon his arrival, Murphy revealed how happy he is to be part of Newcastle’s promotion push under Rafa Benítez:

“I’m absolutely delighted to get it over the line and really looking forward to it,

“When I knew the Club was interested, it was a no-brainer for me so I’m happy it’s all done.

“I think with the squad of players that the Club have now, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.”

Murphy becomes the second Irish international to join the Championship side this summer, following the earlier acquisition of defender Ciaran Clark from Aston Villa.

He arrives at St. James’ Park after a successful three-year spell at Ipswich, none more successful than the 2014/15 season wherein he scored a career-high 27 goals as Mick McCarthy’s side narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League through the playoffs.

At international level, he has 23 caps for Republic of Ireland but is yet to score. He was, however, handed a starting role in the latter part of the nation’s Euro 2016 campaign in June.

LYON, FRANCE - JUNE 26: Patrice Evra of France and Daryl Murphy of The Republic of Ireland fight for the ball during the UEFA Euro 2016 round of 16 match between France and the Republic of Ireland at Stade des Lumieres on June 26, 2016 in Lyon, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Though Magpies’ fans will be happy to have an experienced striker on board, the fact that he used to play for arch-rivals Sunderland could see them warm to him that bit slower than normal.

Nonetheless, his contribution will vital as they look to bounce back from relegation at the earliest opportunity.

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