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Foxes eye up deal for Daryl while chasing promotion

Championship side Leicester City want to sign Ireland striker Daryl Murphy from Sunderland to boost their bid for promotion.

The Foxes are currently just outside the play-off zone but have had some indifferent form in recent weeks, with just three wins from the last nine games, including an FA Cup defeat by Cardiff City last weekend.

Boss Nigel Pearson is keen to land a striker and has earmarked Waterford man Murphy as the man to score goals for the Foxes.

Murphy has 18 months left on his contract with Sunderland, where he is the second longest-serving player in the squad, but has been told by boss Steve Bruce that he does not have a long-term future at the Stadium of Light. Murphy has made seven appearances for Sunderland this season.

Another Irish striker could be on the move as Barnsley have made an inquiry to Preston about Stephen Elliott.

The 26-year-old scored six goals for Preston last season but has struggled to get games this term and has not yet featured under new manager Darren Ferguson.

MANCHESTER City have allowed Irish youngster Donal McDermott to join Championship side Scunthorpe United on loan for the rest of the season.

"Hopefully he will come in today, sign all the paperwork and join us in training," said Scunthorpe boss Nigel Adkins..

"He will then go straight into the squad for our game with Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night. Donal is a player who has been attracting the interest of a lot of clubs."

Dubliner McDermott already had a spell on loan to Chesterfield this season.