IPSWICH Town are reported to have agreed a two-year deal with former Sunderland attacker Daryl Murphy after his release from Celtic.
The Republic of Ireland striker was on loan at Portman Road last season and the move would see the 30-year-old linking up permanently again with ex-Black Cats’ boss Mick McCarthy according to the Sun on Sunday.
Sunderland defender Matt Kilgallon is also reported as a Town target by the Sunday People among others but, hopefully, not as a replacement for outward bound left -back Aaron Cresswell, as the paper reports.
Kilgallon has made it clear in numerous interviews with the Sunderland Echo that left-back is not a position he enjoys playing.
Meanwhile rumours in East Anglia suggests McCarthy is unhappy with the budget he has been handed for next season.
If that is true, then he has learned something from his stay on Wearside, when he made a point of withholding his unhappiness at the size of the budget given to him by ex-chairman Bob Murray after guiding Sunderland to promotion in 2005.
McCarthy stonewalled, insisting to Press and public throughout Sunderland’s doomed 15-point campaign that he had been more than happy with the transfer money given to him.
It was only in the last days of his management at the Stadium of Light, that he would concede he was mortified by how little he had been given to keep Sunderland in the top flight.
By then, it was too late to do anything about the previous summer’s spending, and he was sacked by the club days later.