Bolton Wanderers are one of the sides hoping to sign Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy, as reported by the Nottingham Post.
It’s believed the 36-year-old is free to find himself another club, with the Trotters in desperate need of some experience in their threadbare squad.
The Republic of Ireland forward is also a target for Burton Albion and Doncaster Rovers, both sides who need to improve their striker options after tough summers. Burton haven’t lost any players, but they’re short up front whilst Doncaster have recently sold John Marquis to Portsmouth.
Murphy has scored 103 goals in 457 senior outings, with spells at Newcastle United, Ipswich Town, Celtic and Sunderland. He’s most recently been with Nottingham Forest where he’s bagged 13 times in 60 appearances.
He’s now deemed as surplus to requirements under new manager Sabri Lamouchi, along with other outcasts Zach Clough, Jason Cummings, Liam Bridcutt and Luke Steele.
Bolton have today suspended ticket sales for their upcoming game against Coventry City as they address a furore over the expensive pricing structure. A youthful side lost their opening match 2-0, with senior players such as Josh Magennis refusing to travel to Adams Park.
Murphy would undoubtedly be a big asset for any of those clubs, but Bolton would certainly feel the benefit more than most. They’re desperately short of leaders this season and are set for a real battle to get out of the bottom four.
Murphy won’t score 20 a season, or at least his previous record suggests he won’t, but he would be a great figure around the dressing room.
Young players could learn a bit about fight and grit from him, lessons they’ll need to pick up quickly if their opening game is anything to go by.