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Glenn Murray Tipped For Yet Another Championship Loan Move

According to a report in The Sun today, both Ipswich Town and Bournemouth are keeping an eye on Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray, who may be available on loan in the next week or so.

The 31-year-old has only just signed a contract extension with the south Londoners, but has been an unused substitute in our last three games, with summer signing Fraizer Campbell given the nod to come on in front of him when Yaya Sanogo picked up an early injury against Newcastle last week.

There is no doubt that Alan Pardew rates the front man, who remains a cult hero at Palace after scoring 30 goals in the promotion winning campaign of 2012/13, but with the likes of Chamakh, Gayle, Sanogo and Campbell seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order, game time appears to be extremely hard to come by for the former Brighton man of late.

Despite his cameo appearances from the bench, Murray has managed just one goal in 19 Premier League appearances for Palace, which came from the penalty spot against Swansea last term, giving those who remain sceptical over the chances of him ever becoming a prolific scorer in the top flight ammunition to throw at those who want to see more of him.

After a spell on loan at Reading earlier in the season, where he bagged eight goals, there is little to no doubt that he could prove to be the difference for sides like Ipswich and Bournemouth in the final few crucial months of the season, should Palace allow him to leave on a short-term basis once again.

It seems speculation surrounding Muzza just won’t go away.

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Palace Fans Rejoice As Glenn Murray Signs A New Contract

Having been consistently linked with a permanent move to Reading over the last few weeks, it has come as something of a surprise to hear that Palace striker Glenn Murray has now put pen to paper on a contract extension with the club.

The 31-year-old has endured a turbulent 18 months in south London, having spent a huge chunk of the 2013/14 season on the sidelines through injury, finding it difficult to force his way back into the first-team picture once fit again.

Brief cameo appearances in the top flight looked to be all he would get, after Neil Warnock arrived and promptly sent the fan’s favourite out on loan to Reading, but following the end of his stay at the Madjeski Stadium, the striker returned to the club and was given an immediate starting role in our FA Cup third round tie against Dover Athletic.

Since then, Murray has played a part in all three of Alan Pardew’s games as Palace boss, starting in the 2-1 win over Tottenham, before coming off the bench late on against Burnley and Southampton too. Clearly enjoying life once more, his new boss seems very impressed with what the former Brighton man can bring to a game, referencing on more than one occasion, the intelligence in his play, before describing him as a “master” of the number nine role when discussing the possible progression of Yaya Sanogo during his loan spell.

Now, Murray has agreed to a one year extension of his contract with us, leading to the assumption that he will play a key role in the side between now and May.

It’s a move which has unsurprisingly pleased the vast majority of our fan base.

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