Daryl Murphy had an uncertain future at Nottingham Forest this summer after struggling for form and playing time in 2019, and now new manager Sabri Lamouchi has made it clear that the 34-year-old is surplus to requirements at the City Ground.
According to Neil O’Riordan of The Irish Sun, Murphy has been ‘told he can leave’ Forest. The Reds are ‘open to offers’ this summer and want to cash in on Murphy’s signature before losing him for free in 2020. His contract has 12 months remaining and is unlikely to be renewed, so a departure looks on the cards.
The Republic of Ireland international has made 60 appearances in all competitions for Forest, scoring and creating 16 goals. Murphy’s form spiralled in 2018/19, with the striker netting only two goals in the last 10 months, so it’s not surprising that Lamouchi wants to be rid of him.
The Irish Sun believe the 34-year-old has Championship interest and could join another club in the second tier of the English pyramid before considering retirement and a return to Ireland. Lamouchi will have Sammy Ameobi, Lewis Grabban, Tyler Walker and Karim Ansarifard in attack, so Murphy’s exit is unlikely to be felt.