According to The Nottingham Post, Ipswich are unlikely to take Forest striker Daryl Murphy away from The City Ground in January.
The Republic of Ireland international has been limited to just seven Championship appearances this season, which came largely at the beginning of the season. He has attracted attention from strugglers Ipswich recently, but that move does not appear to be on the cards.
While the 35-year-old has been affected by injury recently, he has been kept out of the squad by Lewis Grabban, who has taken Nottingham Forest, and indeed the Championship, by storm after a slow start.
Grabban is now the top scorer in the league with 14 goals, and has well and truly won the battle to be Aitor Karanka’s number one at Forest. With Murphy now definitely not in the forefront of the Spaniard’s plan’s and in the twilight years of his career, surely he would want to move to somewhere where he would get regular game time.
The Reds also have the likes of Hilal Soudani and Karim Ansarifard as deputies to Grabban at Forest, albeit the Algeria international Soudani is currently injured. This does mean, however, that Nottingham Forest have plenty of depth behind Grabban that Murphy’s exit would not impact the club to seriously.
In truth, it would take an almighty drop in form by Grabban to find someone starting ahead of him in the Championship. He is currently one of the main hopes for The Reds in the push for promotion- Karanka knows this and Murphy will as well. Not only would he not necessarily be a huge loss if Murphy departed, it is surely what he wants as well.