While I was at Carrow Road this afternoon, watching Ricky van Wolfswinkel score in a practice match at today’s open training event, it seems that news broke on Sky Sports that Norwich City have bid for Crystal Palace striker, Glenn Murray.
Now that I’m home, I figured that I better bring you the news.
There is no word on how much we have bid or whether or not the bid is acceptable to Palace but Bournemouth reportedly bid around £5m for him last month.
The 31yr old scored 7 goals in 13 appearances last season after returning from a loan at Reading in the first half of the season. His goals helped The Eagles more than stay up as they finished comfortably mid-table.
Murray played against Norwich on opening day and I thought he did well. He runs all day and will score you goals. The only thing against him is his age, I would say.
He also played the first half against Villa on Saturday. He has been a good servant to Palace and despite the signings of Bamford and Wickham is still starting games which makes me wonder if Alan Pardew is actually keen to sell at all.
“I brought him back from his loan (at Reading in January) and gave him the games,” he told the assembled media at his pre-Villa presser. “So as much as we owe Glenn, he owes us for the platform we gave him in the Premier League. He did very well for me and I have a good relationship with him.”
Depending on the size of the fee, this could be a good signing. As I say, he will run all day and scores goals. He made 118 appearances for Brighton, scoring 53 goals before he moved to Palace in 2011, for whom he has made 112 appearances and scored 45 goals. That loan spell at Reading saw in score 8 in 18 appearances.
Age is a factor though and he will be 32 in September, meaning that any move could be his final contract and that means he would have no re-sale value but if he cost say, £5m odd and scored the goals to keep us up he would help us to re-establish ourselves in the EPL.
A fair few people on Twitter suggest that he is not the player to take us to the ‘next level’ but if we’re honest we will need to establish ourselves as a regular fixture in the league before we start signing that sort of player.
He looks good for ten goals a season to me, at least – although I expect there will be some doubters.