Monday, 31 August 2015

Murray's agreed fee - a ticket to Premier League survival?

It has been reported in several national and local papers tonight that a fee of £5 million has been agreed for Glenn Murray with AFCB. The news of this agreement with a day to go of the transfer window should enable the transfer to be completed in good time tomorrow, but while Crystal Palace fans may be sad to see one of their strikers go, it may be that by allowing Murray to join the Cherries the South London club has given Eddie Howe's team exactly what they need to ensure they will line up for the 2016/17 season in the Premier League.

The desire for a proven striker at the top level is certainly something that encouraged the pursuit of Glenn Murray and while Palace have been reluctant to see Murray move to another club, the deal is going to be met with pleasure on the south coast. It immediately takes a bit of pressure off of Callum Wilson and gives the Cherries a new cutting-edge that will enable them to score even more goals in and around the box with the kind of striker Murray is. The Cherries have not got a predator like striker and Murray's ability to pounce on balls in the box and his heading power should add a new dimension to what we have seen at Dean Court of late.

Sky Sports have been explaining that the reason why the move did not go through earlier in the summer is that the Cherries really wanted the player on loan, but that Palace would only let the striker depart if a transfer fee was involved.

Tomorrow we'll ask if there is any other players AFCB are likely to try and sign on deadline day!

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