Daryl Murphy has some decisions to make now he is being ousted by Nottingham Forest.
The experienced striker has been told by Nottingham Forest that he will be placed on the transfer list this summer.
The Irish Sun reports that the Irishman is not a part of Lamouchi’s plans and they will look to recuperate what they can for him while getting him off the wage bill.
The 36-year-old has scored 13 goals in 60 appearances for Forest, however, that is not all he brings, with his physicality making him a nuisance for defenders and an effective target man who can bring others into play.
However, the option of playing with a target man doesn’t seem to be in Lamouchi’s plans, based on the fact he is up for sale and considering he preferred to play out from the back at Rennes.
Murphy has one-year remaining on his contract; a contract which is probably rather hefty considering he was brought in on a three-year deal from Newcastle, who will have been paying him handsomely.
Baring these in mind, it’s perhaps not a surprise that Murphy is being shown the door – but what next for him? What will be going through his mind?
According to the previous report from The Irish Sun, Murphy wants to finish his contract with Forest before hanging up his boots and moving back to his native Ireland, but even with Forest wanting to get rid, it is assumed he wants one more year in English football.
Murphy, even at 36, offers a lot to the Championship. In a physically demanding league there is still a lot in it for traditional big strikers; they are often a useful tool for the teams who struggle financially to compete with the wealthier teams who are under pressure to play an attractive brand of football.
Murphy has a fantastic goal scoring record in the Championship: 93 goals in 329 games, with 46 assists. There is no doubt that Murphy can expect another Championship team to want that within their squad.
Baring the previous in mind, Murphy should feel in good stead to get a move which will make him feel of worth and give him an important role to play in the squad. While his wages might prove a stumbling block, there are plenty of teams that could benefit from his ability. Even the teams in the higher echelons of the Championship could benefit with a player such as Murphy coming on from the bench, allowing the team to change their style in an instance and turn a game on its head, or even help secure a lead with his ability to defend set pieces.