Nottingham Forest have launched a £2m bid for Newcastle United’s Daryl Murphy, according to The Times’ George Caulkin.
The Sky Bet Championship outfit were dealt a blow earlier this week, when Britt Assombalonga left Forest for Middlesbrough in a £15m deal, which left Mark Warburton short of striking options ahead of the new season.
Forest have turned their attention to Murphy, who Newcastle and Rafa Benitez are willing to lose this summer, just 12-months after taking him to St James’ Park.
Understand that Nottingham Forest have bid in excess of £2m for Newcastle's Ireland striker Daryl Murphy.
— George Caulkin (@CaulkinTheTimes) July 19, 2017
Murphy joined Newcastle ahead of their return to the Championship last summer, and played an important role in helping Benitez’s side secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
The 34-year-old striker, who cost a reported £3m, went on to score five goals for Newcastle in the Championship last season from just seven starts, with crucial strikes coming in the victories over Brentford and Huddersfield Town in 2017.
Prior to his spell in the North East, Murphy made a huge impact at Ipswich Town, where he established himself as one of the Championship’s most prolific strikers.
From then he scored a further 50 goals for Ipswich between 2013 and 2016.
Birmingham City and Sunderland have also shown an interest in Murphy, but a move to Forest is looking likely.
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