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Ipswich confirm striker Daryl Murphy signs for Newcastle

Striker Daryl Murphy. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have confirmed that they have sold striker Daryl Murphy to Newcastle United for a fee believed to be around £3 million.

Ipswich say they will re-invest the money before the transfer window closes on Wednesday (August 31).

Manager Mick McCarthy described it as a good move for both Murphy and the club.

Murph has been terrific for us but I think we have been good for him as well.

I hope he goes up there and is a big success for them because he’s been a great servant for Ipswich Town. Good luck to him.

Newcastle probably think they can get back to the Premier League so it’s a good move for him but it’s a good deal for us as well and we will reinvest the money.

I’ve no doubt we will get someone in. I’ve been on the phone non-stop recently so we will see what happens over the next few days.

– Mick McCarthy, Ipswich Town manager

Ipswich striker Daryl Murphy hands in transfer request

Striker Daryl Murphy featured in last weekend's East Anglian derby Credit: PA

Ipswich Town could be set to lose their star striker after Daryl Murphy reportedly handed in a transfer request.

The Republic of Ireland international has been attracting interest from Newcastle United and it's believed a fee has now been agreed.

Murphy was The Championships's top scorer in 2014/15 with 27 goals.

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Ipswich Town condemn 'idiotic behaviour' at East Anglian derby

Ipswich Town's Adam Webster and Norwich City's Cameron Jerome (right) Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have condemned the "idiotic behaviour" of some fans after flares were let off during Sunday's East Anglian derby.

Several people had to be treated for breathing in smoke following the incidents at Portman Road.

Two people have since been arrested and Ipswich say they're working closely with police to identify those responsible.

Despite the trouble, police said the majority of the 23,000 crowd were "responsible and respectful."

We obviously condemn the idiotic behaviour of those who set off flares inside the stadium and are working closely with the police to identify the culprits.

We understand two arrests have already been made over the matter.

– Ipswich Town FC

Ipswich Town take former Rotherham striker Best on trial

Leon Best is on trial at Ipswich Town. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have taken former Newcastle United striker Leon Best on trial.

The 29-year-old is currently without a club after leaving Rotherham United this summer.

Best scored against Town for Rotherham last season and has also played for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Coventry City.

The former Republic of Ireland international is currently featuring for Ipswich's under 23s side in this afternoon's game against Birmingham City and has already made a good impression.

Arrests made after flares let off at East Anglian derby

The game ended in a 1-1 draw. Credit: PA

Seven arrests were made at yesterday's East Anglian derby between Ipswich Town and Norwich City at Portman Road - including two for taking flares into the ground.

A number of people had to be treated by medics after the flares were let off, but they are now thought to be OK.

Despite the trouble, police said the majority of the 23,000 crowd were "responsible and respectful."

Arrests made at the East Anglian derby

  • A 23-year-old man from Norwich was arrested on suspicion of possession of class A drugs.
  • A 23-year-old man from Colchester and a 57-year-old man from Witham were arrested for breaching a section 35 dispersal notice to leave a designated area following anti-social behaviour.
  • A 29-year-old man from Felixstowe was arrested on suspicion of affray and a 23-year-old man from Norwich on suspicion of assault.
  • A 34-year-old man from Ipswich was arrested for discharging a flare in the stands in the ground and a 45-year-old man from Norwich was arrested for possession of a lit flare inside the ground.

A very small minority appeared to be set on causing trouble and officers made several arrests during the course of the policing operation.

We said before the game that we would not tolerate anti-social behaviour, violence, racial chanting, mindless vandalism or any alcohol-fuelled disorder and the vast majority of the 23,000 who attended were responsible and respectful.

– Chief Superintendent Louisa Pepper

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