Following on from last week's interview with Charles Watts, Reading Director of Football Nick Hammond has today confirmed to the BBC that Reading have sufficient funds to sign Glenn Murray on a permanent basis in January. The striker's loan deal, under which he came to the Royals from Premier League side Crystal Palace, is set to expire at the beginning of January 2015, but it is believed that Reading have the option to sign him for a set fee at that point.
Concerns have recently been raised over a potential lack of cash available to Nigel Adkins in January, with Hammond saying that the club is keen to stay within Financial Fair Play limits for the 2014/15 season. Last week, we brought you news that funding was tight for the rest of the season in order to prevent the Royals from incuring a FFP sanction next year. However, today's news suggests that Reading could actually be active in the January transfer window, with Reading fans keen to see new faces to boost an under-performing squad.
Since arriving on deadline day of the summer 2014 transfer window, Glenn Murray has scored 5 goals for the Royals in 14 appearances. That's hardly prolific form but, as Bucks mentioned in his player ratings for Bolton, the 31-year old has been short on supply in his time at the club.
In mid-October, 76% of you said that you wanted Murray to sign on a permanent basis in January. Looking at the tight financial situation at the club and his arguably poor form, what do you think of that same question now?