Is Newcastle United's Daryl Murphy the signing Leeds United are crying out for?

Leeds fans

Newcastle United's Daryl Murphy is not short of options, but surely Leeds United should consider offering him a deal.

Daryl Murphy is a wanted man this summer. According to the Northern Echo, news that Newcastle United will allow him to leave 12 months after signing from Ipswich Town has travelled fast.

Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and north east neighbours Sunderland - where Murphy spent five years between 2005 and 2010 - have made their interest known.

And although Leeds United look to be adding two new forwards to their ranks this summer, they should at least consider throwing their hat into the ring. After all, there are few players on the market who guarantee goals quite like Murphy.

Newcastle United's Daryl Murphy celebrates scoring their first goalDaryl Murphy proved to be an astute addition

The Republic of Ireland striker’s tally of five Championship goals in Newcastle colours may not set the pulses racing. But when you consider that he started just seven games in 2016/17, his effectiveness cannot be ignored.

After all, he was signed by Newcastle to be an experienced back-up option, with the added brief of helping guide the club back to the Premier League. With the Magpies seizing the Championship title, it was mission accomplished.

And Leeds could do with a player to fulfil a similar role. Their overreliance on Chris Wood, Championship Golden Boot winner in 2016/17, is well established.

Ticks all the boxes?

And although Caleb Ekuban has arrived from Chievo on the back of a prolific season on loan at Albanian side Partizani Tirana, it is impossible to tell if another unproven striker will make the grade in a far more competitive league.

Leeds fans still wake up in cold sweats induced by memories of Edgar Cani after all, while Marcus Antonsson struggled badly despite scoring at a remarkable rate in Sweden.

Leeds' Marcus Antonsson in actionAntonsson quickly fell out of favour at Leeds

Furthermore, Samu Saiz, who is on the verge of making the switch to Elland Road, has built a reputation in the Spanish lower leagues. Although a promising signing on paper, the 26-year-old is an unknown quantity.

Murphy, however, is the exact opposite. He averaged double figures in the league across six years at Ipswich Town and would be an excellent back-up option if, god forbid, anything happened to Wood.

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