Sunderland forward Daryl Murphy has joined Coca-Cola Championship side Ipswich on loan until the end of the season.

The 26-year-old, who has nine Republic of Ireland caps, will join former Black Cats manager Roy Keane at Ipswich, who are battling against relegation to English football's third tier.

Murphy played 27 times for Sunderland last year but has slipped down the pecking order at the Stadium of Light.

He has made seven appearances in league and cup for the Black Cats this season, including two recent starts in Barclays Premier League games at Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea.