Mick McCarthy comments on Daryl Murphy and Tommy Smith futures

Ipswich Manager Mick McCarthy

The Ipswich Town duo have reportedly attracted interest from Fulham as well as other Championship clubs.

Ipswich Manager Mick McCarthyIpswich Manager Mick McCarthy

Mick McCarthy has told the East Anglian Daily Times that he has not heard anything about the interest reportedly being shown in Daryl Murphy and Tommy Smith.

It was reported in the print edition of the Sun last Monday that Smith was being pursued by Reading, Blackburn Rovers and Fulham , while the Cottagers had also expressed interest in Murphy, who is also being watched by Newcastle United, according to the Irish Sun.

Murphy has had an impressive summer with the Irish national team at Euro 2016, with the 33-year-old helping his nation make it out of the group stages and into the knockout phase.

Daryl Murphy celebrates after scoring the third goal for IpswichDaryl Murphy has had an impressive summer

Smith is in to the final year of his contract, but McCarthy did disclose discussions were underway about a new deal.

"Good old agents hey?," he said. "The paper never refused ink, that’s for sure. Nobody has made a phone call to me.

“We’re in negotiations with him[Smith]. Where they are at I’m not sure. I leave that to Marcus (Evans).”

Ipswich Town's Tommy Smith applauds fans after the gameIpswich Town's Tommy Smith is now in the final year of his contract

Speaking specifically about Murphy, McCarthy said “Likewise, I haven’t had any calls about him, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any interest because he had a good European Championships.

"I sincerely hope (there’s not interest) though. And anyway, he’s on a long contract with us. We don’t have to sell anybody. That’s a discussion I’ve had with Marcus (Evans) today."

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and Bolton manager Neil LennonIpswich Town manager Mick McCarthy and former Bolton manager Neil Lennon

Ipswich kick off their Championship campaign at home to Barnsley on 6 August.

The Tractor Boys will be hoping to go one better than last season in the new campaign, having narrowly missed out on a play-off place to Sheffield Wednesday.

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