There are a number of Championship clubs chasing Daryl Murphy this summer and it is possible that he could be part of an incredible transfer this summer. The Sunderland Echo report that Sunderland are interested in bringing the striker back to the Stadium of Light for a second spell with the club.
There are few transfers between Sunderland and Newcastle United, but this is certainly one that would make sense for both clubs. There will be competition for his signature, however, as the Irish Sun reports that Aston Villa and Birmingham City are both interested in the striker.
Why do Championship clubs want to sign the 34-year-old?
The answer to that question is simple. There are few strikers that possess the experience and know-how that Murphy does, especially where the Championship is concerned. He has played at this level for the majority of his career and has always carried a goal threat.
Although his best season came during the 2014/15 campaign, during which he scored 27 goals, he remains a very good player in this division. Last season, he scored a goal every 137.6 minutes for Newcastle. That is an impressive record considering he was playing a supporting role.
Eyebrows were raised when Rafa Benitez opted to bring Murphy to Tyneside last summer. It was seen as a poor signing from the off, but the Champions League winning manager knew exactly what the Irishman would provide. He barely featured during the opening months of the season due to injury, but he repaid his transfer fee after the turn of the year.
Newcastle were facing a pivotal week of the season as they had to travel to Brighton and Huddersfield in a matter of days. They won both of those matches and Murphy played a part in both victories. He works hard for his team and is a great personality to have around the training ground.
The Magpies may no longer want him in the Premier League, but that doesn’t mean that his contributions haven’t been appreciated. He will leave with the best wishes of supporters, even if he did end up joining Sunderland – and that speaks volumes about the sort of man and player that the striker is.
Will he join Sunderland?
There is interest from the Black Cats and it is a move that would benefit all three parties, despite the rivalry between the clubs. Newcastle need to offload players as their squad and wage bill need to be trimmed; Sunderland need Championship-hardened players and Murphy will want a move to play regularly.
There will be some supporters that won’t want to sign a rival player, especially one that Newcastle no longer want on the books, but their standing has changed. They are no longer a Premier League club and they need to make signings that suit the division they are now in. Murphy would be a great addition.
The difficulty will be the interest from other clubs. Sunderland want the player on loan and Newcastle will prefer a permanent sale. If another club makes a cash offer, then it will be difficult for the Black Cats to convince their North East rivals to loan the player. It’s more likely that he moves elsewhere, but that doesn’t mean that this isn’t a fascinating story to follow.