Just hours after Alan Pardew suggested that Glenn Murray “owed” Crystal Palace for giving him a chance in the Premier League, Bournemouth made a bid of £5 million for his services.
Whilst the former Brighton man remains an incredibly popular figure at Selhurst Park, a sum so high has caused even the most nostalgic of Palace fans to question whether or not the club would be right in turning down the Cherries’ offer.
Despite an impressive goal record last term, Murray is nearly 32, meaning that the window of opportunity for any sale is closing rapidly. Of course, it isn’t something that appears to have put Bournemouth off the idea of splashing the cash, but in their specific circumstances, it’s still a move that makes sense.
We must also look at things from Glenn’s perspective, given the ruthless nature of football at the highest level. Known to have maintained roots on the south coast following his decision to leave Brighton for us, a switch to the Goldsands would make logistical sense, whilst enablimg him to play regularly in the top flight for at least one more year.
As things stand, he looks to be level with Connor Wickham in the affections of Palace boss Pardew, but you can be sure that, should the £9 million summer signing start firing regularly in front of goal, Murray’s role within the squad will become perifioral to say the least.
On numbers alone, £5 million may prove too big for Steve Parish and co. to reject; not that it will make Glenn’s departure any easier to accept from a supporter’s perspective.