It has been confirmed tonight that Glenn Murray will join Reading on a loan deal from Crystal Palace that will last until January. The striker arrives at the club at the end of an arguably underwhelming transfer deadline day which reportedly saw moves for other targets fall through, and winger Royston Drenthe join Sheffield Wednesday on a loan deal until the new year.
The deal had originally been thought to be a permanent deal for a fee in the region of £1.5m, but Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has confirmed that Murray will join Reading on a temporary basis.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Sad to say I have left <a href="https://twitter.com/CPFC">@CPFC</a> but happy to announce I have joined <a href="https://twitter.com/ReadingFC">@ReadingFC</a> on loan with a view to permanent <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CPFC?src=hash">#CPFC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/readingfc?src=hash">#readingfc</a></p>— Glenn Murray (@GM_83) <a href="https://twitter.com/GM_83/statuses/506573985484922880">September 1, 2014</a></blockquote>
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In his career so far, Murray has scored 132 goals in 344 games across all levels of the English game. Starting out playing non-league football for Wilmington Hammerheads, Murray has also played for Barrow, Carlisle United, Stockport County, Rochdale, Brighton and Crystal Palace. In recent years, he has won promotion with both Brighton and Crystal Palace, also scoring a late winner at Old Trafford as Palace knocked Manchester United out of the League Cup in late 2011.