TRANSFER LATEST: Paul Jewell rules out move for Celtic’s Daryl Murphy

PAUL Jewell has all but given up on his hopes of signing Daryl Murphy on a permanent deal.

The Celtic man made 32 starts - and another two from the bench – during his season-long loan spell at Portman Road and Jewell had admitted he would like to sign the 29-year-old on a permanent deal if the price was right.

But Murphy’s wages, understood to be in excess of �10,000 a week, are a clear stumbling block and Jewell today revealed he was not expecting an agreement to be reached.

The Town manager said: “I don’t think Daryl will be back here next year.

“I spoke to him and his agent a few times and we would have liked to have kept him but he’s still got another year left on his contract at Celtic.

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“We are grateful to Celtic for letting him come here but I think if we wanted to bring him here next season they would want a fee and you can understand that. He’s on decent wages as well. It’s a deal that is out of our price range.”

The only other option would be for Murphy to sign on loan for a third time – he was initially at Portman Road under Roy Keane – with Jewell admitting he would still look to sign one or two loan players next season.

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