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Glenn Murray Signs - But Only On Loan

01 September 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

As the transfer deadline passed Reading fans were left waiting for official confirmation that the Royals had signed Glenn Murray from Crystal Palace. When confirmation did come through it only confirmed a loan signing. Murray completed his medical during the afternoon and appeared to be heading to Reading on a permanent deal. However as the deadline passed it was reported that the transfer will be just a loan that will last until January 2015. The deal was delayed while Crystal Palace completed other activity in the loan market, which threatened to cause some late disappointment. Palace were only willing to let Murray go if Kevin Doyle or another striker arrived on loan. As the Doyle loan was confirmed it enabled Murray free to complete a loan transfer to Reading.

After the confirmation during the afternoon that Royston Drenthe had completed a loan arrangement to join Sheffield Wednesday until January, all went quiet. It quickly become clear that Reading were only chasing the one signing. Earlier this morning the rumours of possibly signing Dean Hammond, Yun Suk-Young and John Fleck were all dismissed - leaving Reading chasing the single target of Glenn Murray. No other names were linked with the Royals, and it seems we have managed to keep hold of the rest of the squad. Shipping Drenthe out on a loan is a big achievement - as is signing a much needed striker, even if only on loan.

Glenn Murray has had a successful career at Crystal Palace despite an injury ruling him out of most of last season. He signed for 300,000 pounds from Brighton in the summer of 2011 after a successful spell with Rochdale. At Brighton he scored 56 goals over a two and a half year spell. In the 2012/2013 season at Crystal Palace he was in amazing form scoring 31 goals in the season including two hattricks. He hasn't got back to that kind of form since injury but he certainly has the potential in his first full season back. Palace fans appear bitterly disappointed with the prospect of him moving on, which can only be good news for Reading. You'd hope, if Murray does well at Reading, the deal could still become permanent in January.
 

Drenthe Goes To Wednesday On Loan

01 September 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Royston Drenthe has joined Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on-loan in what will be seen as a great bit of business by Reading Football Club as they look to reduce the wage bill. Drenthe has been frozen out of the club's plans since the summer and wasn't given a squad number for the new season, and the club have been looking to off load him since. His initial loan period runs until the start of the new year, but Reading will be hoping to make the loan permanent at the end of the period.

Drenthe signed last summer from Russian side Alania Vladikavkaz and went on to make 24 appearances for the Royals in League and Cup, scoring two league goals. After some promising games in a Reading shirt his last appearance was way back in April 2014. The club made it clear it would be his last appearance for Reading after issues over the summer, which led to him being banned from training with the first team squad. He has failed to make it back into Adkins plans despite the current injury crisis.
 

Glenn Murray Remains Target

01 September 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

It's already shaping up to be a another disappointing transfer deadline day for Reading fans with possible targets unlikely to complete moves to Reading. It seems the Royals aren't prepared to meet the asking price for a number of players they are targeting - a story that will be reminiscent of past transfer deadline days. Dean Hammond, Yun Suk-Young and John Fleck have all been linked to Reading but none of them are expect to sign for the Royals.

Glenn Murray, a subject of plenty of speculation a full month ago, appears to still be the subject of negotiations between Reading and Crystal Palace. It was reported last month that Palace turned down a three million pound bid. The forward struggled with injury at the start of last season but recovered to feature in the last part of the season. Palace paid 300,000 for Murray from Brighton in the summer of 2011. Murray banged in plenty of goals in the 2012/2013 season but managed just a single goal last season in 14 appearances.

Since Reading's last rumoured bid Murray has played three times, including Saturday's 3-3 Premier League draw at Newcastle United. The new bid is reported to be just 1.5 million this time around, which gives plenty of support to the argument that this is going to be another transfer turned down with the Royals failing to offer enough. Add on to that the news that Murray is being linked with other sides in the Championship and it could be another one that got away.

Giving some support to the news that Murray could be on his way is the news that former Reading striker Kevin Doyle could move to Palace on-loan from Wolves today. But if Murray does move to Reading for 1.5 million you'd have to question the move given his rapidly declining value, and strike rate, since injury.
 

Hammond, Suk-Young and Fleck Moves Unlikely

01 September 2014
By Hob Nob Anyone?

Transfer deadline day rumours are already in full swing with Dean Hammond, Yun Suk-Young and John Fleck being linked with Reading. However, it does seem unlikely that any of those players will complete a move to Reading at this stage.

Leicester City midfielder Dean Hammond has been heavily linked with Reading over the past few weeks but it is being reported he is likely to stay at Premier League side Leicester City where he has played all three of their top tier fixtures so far this season. He played the full ninety minutes, and picked up a yellow card, during their 1-1 home draw with Arsenal at the weekend. It seems Hammond would only move to Reading if Leicester complete other transfers as otherwise he remains a key part of their side.

It is reported that Reading have had a bid turned down for QPR Korean defender Yun Suk-Young. The player hasn't featured so far this season for QPR and has only clocked up a handful of appearances for QPR since signing in January 2013. His lack of first team action does seem to make him the type of player that would be happy to step down a division to give his career a boost.

Other names that have cropped up include Coventry midfielder John Fleck - but that also appears to be nothing more than a rumour. Fleck has played every game for Coventry so far this season. Reading were rumoured to have bid 350,000 for the player who, it has been confirmed, is up in Coventry happily training with his teammates as usual.