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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Goal-king Daryl Murphy 'flattered' by speculation linking him with big money move to Premier League

Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy in action during squad training. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin
Republic of Ireland's Daryl Murphy in action during squad training. Republic of Ireland Squad Training, Gannon Park, Malahide, Co. Dublin

IRELAND striker Daryl Murphy admits it's "flattering" to be linked with a big-money move after a season where he finished as the leading league scorer in England.

But the 31-year-old, hoping to make an impact at international level against England and Scotland in the next two weeks, says he expects to still be an Ipswich Town player next season.

Murphy scored 27 league goals for Ipswich last season, the best tally of any player across the divisions in England, and speculation has already begun, Cardiff City linked with a £1million move while some Premier League clubs will keep tabs on him.

"Of course it is [flattering] at my age, to be linked with moves like that because it means I must be doing something right," says Murphy.

"I haven't heard anything. The [Ipswich] gaffer just said to me to 'enjoy your break' and wished me all the best when I joined up with the Irish squad.

"I think next year Ipswich need to make signings because we need more players and hopefully they give the gaffer money to do that," he added.

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