By Tom Stewart
Glenn Murray has today [May 24] finally ended his long-running transfer saga by agreeing a three-year deal at Brighton and Hove Albion’s arch-rivals, Crystal Palace.
Murray is out of contract at Brighton, and it has been known since January that he would probably be leaving the club.
His goals helped fire Albion to League 1 glory this season, but new contract negotiations with chairman, Tony Bloom, and manager, Gus Poyet, seemed to constantly stall.
A source close to the club suggested that the striker was demanding up to £12,000- a-week, but the notoriously shrewd Bloom was unwilling to break the club’s rigid wage structure.
Palace boss, Dougie Freedman, said: “Glenn fits the profile for the type of player I want to add to the squad here, ready for the new season.”
Albion were quick to bring in a striker to replace Murray, as Will Hoskins joined from Bristol Rovers, for an undisclosed fee, thought to be around £500,000.
The 25-year-old former Watford and Rotherham striker scored 20 goals last season, despite Rovers being relegated from League 1. He said: “I’m really keen to get started and I want the season to start now.
“As soon as I knew the club were interested I really did have my heart set on moving to Brighton.”