Brighton manager Graham Potter has confirmed that he would live to keep striker Glenn Murray at the club, in response to reported interest from Nottingham Forest.
Murray scored 13 Premier League goals for Brighton last season, but the experienced centre-forward has struggled for game time since Potter took charge of the club in the summer.
Ten of the 36-year-old’s 13 Premier League appearances this season have come from the substitutes’ bench. He hasn’t started a game for the Seagulls since September and his only goal of the campaign came in the Carabao Cup back in August.
With the January transfer window now open, Forest are understood to be interested in signing the striker, with Sabri Lamouchi looking to boost his attacking options going into the second half of the season.
The Reds are keen to sign another striker this window to provide some cover and competition for their leading scorer Lewis Grabban, with The Athletic claiming last month that Murray is one of the names on their shortlist.
However, Brighton boss Potter has dismissed the speculation linking Murray with a move to the City Ground, admitting that he would like to keep the striker at the club.
Potter told Sky Sports: “It’s news to me, I’ve not heard anything and Glenn has been great for us. At the same time every player wants to be out on the pitch but I have no problem with him.”
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He may not be every Forest fan’s first choice, but I personally think Murray would be a great signing for the Reds. He may be coming towards the end of his career, but he’s still a fantastic striker and knows exactly what it takes to make an impact in the Championship.
He’s got plenty of experience in the Championship, he’s won promotion from the second tier on more than one occasion and his goal record in the division is pretty exceptional.
There’s every chance that he could be tempted by the chance to join Forest too, but it seems as though Potter is keen to keep him at Brighton, which could be problematic for the Reds, as they look to secure backup for Grabban.
Thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.