Cardiff City are eyeing a move for Brighton striker Glenn Murray, according to the Daily Mirror (11/07, 14:21).
The 35-year-old is out of contract at the end of next season, and Neil Warnock is thought to be interested in luring him to South Wales to help propel Cardiff back to the top-flight.
The Bluebirds will be targeting an immediate return to the Premier League after relegation last term, and Murray could bring his wealth of experience and strong eye for goal to Warnock’s side.
Murray had another strong goalscoring season for the Seagulls last term as they narrowly avoided relegation, with the forward scoring 15 goals in 42 appearances. He now boasts a record of 109 goals in 263 appearances across two spells with the club.
In today’s FLW Six Pointer, we take a closer look at Murray’s proposed switch to South Wales…
Firstly, what is Murray’s situation at Brighton?
“Murray has one year left to run on his contract with the south-coast club, and reports say that he could be tempted by a move to the Championship this summer.
“It is thought Cardiff could be prepared to offer Murray a big-money longer term deal at the Cardiff City Stadium, which would grant him security as he enters the twilight years of his career.
“The 35-year-old has established himself as a legend at Brighton across his two spells at the club, but it could now be the right moment for him to call time on his Seagulls career as the club enters a new era.”
Would Brighton be looking to offload him?
“There is bound to be some change at the Amex Stadium this summer, with Graham Potter replacing Chris Hughton as the club’s new manager.
“Potter will bring his own ideas to the role, but it remains to be seen whether Murray will feature heavily in his plans. But whether Potter views Murray as a regular starter or not, he would surely not turn down the chance to have his experience in the squad.
“However, Cardiff’s interest in Murray could also create the chance for Brighton to profit from the striker. If Potter would prefer a more dynamic option up front, then it may be a smart move to remove Murray from the wage bill to raise funds.”
What would he be bringing to Cardiff?
“Murray is a vastly experienced figure who has already proven his ability to produce a prolific goalscoring record in the Championship. He scored 23 goals in 45 appearances during the 2016/17 season when Brighton sealed promotion.
“The striker also has a good footballing brain, as his positional awareness is very strong and he could well operate as an effective target man for Warnock’s side.
“Murray would give Cardiff with a very different option up front, and he could bring the extra dimension that the Bluebirds may need to sustain a promotion push next term.”
How should Cardiff fans be feeling about this move?
“Cardiff fans should not be put off by the fact that Murray is approaching the end of his career, as he proved last season that he is still a highly effective goalscorer at the top level.
“It would be an excellent move if Cardiff can strike a deal that is suitable to them, as they will not want to pay over the odds for Murray or sign him on a longer contract than is necessary.
“He would obviously not be a long-term investment for the Bluebirds, but he would be a great addition to the squad over the next season or two. His goalscoring record and hard-working attitude means he could even establish himself as something of a cult figure in Cardiff during this time.”
What other options to Cardiff have up front?
“The Bluebirds have various options up front, but there is still no obvious candidate to lead the line next season.
Kenneth Zohore was a big player for Cardiff during their last promotion success, but his time in the Premier League was hampered by injury and it would be risky to rely on solely him. Meanwhile, the likes of Lee Tomlin, Gary Madine and Omar Bogle are also in Cardiff ranks, but it remains to be seen what sort of role they will play next term.
I could see Murray being deployed with attacking midfielder Bobby Reid just behind, as Murray’s physicality means he is capable of providing the knockdowns for feed Reid for a run at goal.”
Finally, would this be a good move?
“This is a transfer that would make perfect sense for Cardiff if they can agree on appropriate terms with Murray.
“The striker could do a solid job in the short term, and he could be exactly the man Cardiff need to take their squad to the next level ahead of the new season. It is also a good move for Murray, as it is a switch that could give him both contract security and regular football.
“I can see why some Cardiff fans may have reservations due to Murray’s age, but his goalscoring record is undeniable. This is a signing that makes sense on many levels and would be a smart move from Cardiff.”