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Ex-Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy on the verge of £2m move to Nottingham Forest

PUBLISHED: 10:55 21 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 21 July 2017

Daryl Murphy, back at Portman Road for the first time since joining Newcastle and Town's Christophe Berra battle for the ball during the Ipswich Town v Newcastle United (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 17 April 2017.    Picture: Steve Waller    www.stephenwaller.com

Daryl Murphy, back at Portman Road for the first time since joining Newcastle and Town's Christophe Berra battle for the ball during the Ipswich Town v Newcastle United (Sky Bet Championship) match at Portman Road, Ipswich, on 17 April 2017. Picture: Steve Waller www.stephenwaller.com

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Nottingham Forest have reportedly had a £2m bid for striker Daryl Murphy accepted by Newcastle United.

The Republic of Ireland international is in the top 10 of Ipswich Town’s all-time leading league goalscorers after netting 67 times during four spells between 2010 and 2016.

He departed Portman Road in a £3m deal last August and played his part in the Magpies’ quickfire return to the Premier League by scoring five goals in seven starts and eight substitute appearances before immediately being transfer listed by Rafa Benitez.

Murphy’s former club Sunderland had been linked to the 34-year-old, but Forest – who have just sold Britt Assombalonga to Middlesbrough for £15m – appear to have won the race with the offer of a two-year deal.

Town do not face Forest until December 2, with Mark Warburton’s men travelling to Portman Road.

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