Newcastle sign Ipswich striker Murphy

Daryl Murphy

Daryl Murphy scored 67 goals during his five years at Ipswich Town

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 33-year-old Republic of Ireland forward sat out Town’s 1-0 Championship win over Preston on Saturday.

He scored 67 goals in 225 appearances in his five seasons at Portman Road.

“I’m absolutely delighted to get it over the line and really looking forward to it,” Murphy told Newcastle’s official website.

Murphy, who has won 23 Republic of Ireland caps and featured for his country at Euro 2016, becomes Rafael Benitez’s 10th signing of the summer.

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

“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.”

United moved up to fourth in the Championship table after their 2-0 win over Brighton at St James’ Park.

“Daryl has experience and has proven that he can score goals in the Championship,” Benitez said.

“He gives us another option in attack and we could see from this weekend’s game against Brighton that we needed more bodies up front.

“Daryl has a good attitude and he can be very important for us this season.”

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy confirmed Murphy would move to Newcastle prior to the official announcement.

“It’s a really good move for him in his career, at his age, and it’s good for us,” McCarthy told BBC Radio Suffolk.

“I told the lads ‘come on, let’s get the elephant out of the room – Murphy’s going to Newcastle, let’s get on it’.”

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