HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club that Middlesbrough have seen their offer for Ipswich Town striker Daryl Murphy rejected.
As revealed by HITC Sport earlier this week, Middlesbrough launched a bid for Murphy as they look to bolster their striking options after seeing loan stars Patrick Bamford and Jelle Vossen return to their respective parent clubs at the end of last season.
Republic of Ireland international Murphy enjoyed a stellar season for Ipswich last term, finishing as top scorer in the Championship with 27 goals.
Murphy inspired Ipswich's run to the play-off semi-finals, and a number of clubs in the Premier League and Championship have been monitoring the forward's situation at Portman Road.
The likes of Fulham and Cardiff City, as brought to you by HITC Sport, have been credited with holding an interest in Murphy, but Ipswich are keen to keep hold of the former Sunderland and Celtic man as they look to mount another bid for promotion next season.
Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy admitted recently, in comments covered by the Green Un, that he had no plans to sell Murphy, saying: “We don’t want to sell Daryl Murphy, and that is what I will be telling him and his agent when he returns. We want to keep him.
“He was the outstanding striker in this division last season and it would be difficult to fill his boots.”
Murphy is entering the final year of his contract at Ipswich and the Suffolk club are bracing themselves for more interest in the 32-year-old before the close of the transfer window