Murphy swaps Fulham for Blackburn

Veteran midfielder Danny Murphy has signed for Blackburn after his contract with Fulham expired.

The experienced playmaker has been a key man at Craven Cottage in recent seasons, but has opted to leave to join the Lancashire club on a two-year deal.

The recently-relegated side will look to bounce straight back to the Premier League, and Steve Kean is delighted to have captured a player of Murphy’s quality.

“Being able to bring Danny on board is a massive boost for everyone and I couldn’t be more delighted,” the Scottish coach told the club’s official website.

“His record is there for all to see. He is a model professional, who has a real hunger to keep playing football and we are thrilled he has decided to commit his future to us. This is a pivotal signing for us.”

Meanwhile, The Daily Mail indicate that Fulham boss Martin Jol will target Aaron Ramsey as a possible replacement for the outgoing man.

The Wales international, who is expected to feature for Team GB at the Olympics this summer, has been used as a squad rotation player at the Emirates Stadium of late.

However with Jack Wilshere expected to return from injury and the Gunners eager to strengthen in the centre of the park, opportunities for Ramsey could be limited in 2012-13.

By Gareth McKnight