Reading Join Murphy Hunt
Monday, 16th May 2005 13:01
Reading have emerged as late entrants in the race for the signature of Waterford United striker Daryl Murphy. Sunderland appeared to have all but signed the Irish U21 international, who was also targeted by Town and Aberdeen.
The Black Cats agreed a fee of £70,000 for Murphy last month but negotiations with the player appear to be moving very slowly.
Reading manager Steve Coppell was at Waterford's 2-2 draw with Cork City on Friday and said the frontman is a player who has been recommended to him: "I haven't seen him play but I've been told by my scouts over here that he's probably the best player of his type in the league.
"I'm told here tonight that [the Sunderland move] is not confirmed yet, but we had a board meeting and we're not certain of what money will be available.
"We're relying on the chairman to put money in and we're not sure whether we'll be in a position to make many purchases."
Murphy wasn't involved in Friday's game and hasn't played for Waterford since talks with Sunderland began.
The former Luton trainee spent two spells on trial with Town, impressing Joe Royle enough to be told that the Blues will offer him a contract in the summer if he is still available and the club has sufficient cash.
Murphy can't officially sign for any UK club until July when the transfer window opens.
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