Jewell unsure on Murphy deal

  • Last Updated: July 7 2012, 13:44 BST

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell has admitted he may be priced out of a permanent deal for Celtic striker Daryl Murphy.

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The 29-year-old joined the Tractor Boys on loan for the second time last season and scored four goals in 34 appearances.

But Jewell is worried Ipswich may not have the finances to pay Celtic a transfer fee for the Republic of Ireland international.

"If Celtic want a fee, and with his wages, we simply can't afford it," Jewell told the East Anglian Daily Times.

"He did well for us in the back end of the season. We would be interested if the deal was right but I have got the feeling it is going to be expensive. It is a bit of a waiting game."

Murphy initially made the loan move to Portman Road from Sunderland in 2010 and is now surplus to requirements at Celtic Park.