Bournemouth have signed Glenn Murray from fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace on a three-year deal for £4 million.
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The striker, who turns 32 later this month, has committed his future to Bournemouth by signing a three-year contract with the newly promoted club.
Murray, who had moved to Palace under freedom of contract after leaving Brighton and Hove Albion in 2011, played an integral part in the London club’s elevation to the Premier League. He scored 31 goals in the 2012-13 season, the most productive spell of a nomadic career that has already taken in spells in the United States and across the lower leagues, before cruelly rupturing his cruciate knee ligaments in the first leg of the play-off semi-final against his former club.
The forward endured a lengthy rehabilitation and had to wait for his chance to impress in the top flight but, after a prolific spell on loan at Reading at the start of last season, returned to Selhurst Park and scored seven times in 15 league appearances for Alan Pardew’s side over the run-in last term.
However, Palace moved to secure Sunderland’s Connor Wickham for £9m this summer and, with Patrick Bamford and Marouane Chamakh also competing for the lone striker role at Selhurst Park, Murray has opted to pursue first-team football elsewhere. He should combine well with Callum Wilson, currently the Premier League’s joint top-scorer, and will cost an initial £3m with a further £1m due if Bournemouth survive in the top flight this season.
“Palace are still progressing but for me personally I’m ready for a new challenge – and it was down here,” said Murray. “I think the interest [from Bournemouth] has been around a while. Obviously I’ve come across the club quite a lot in my career. When a club shows interest and a manager obviously wants you it is always nice. It is a bit last-minute, but it is nice to finally be here.”
It is understood there is potentially another £1m payment due if the Cherries retain their status in the elite for a further year. Murray’s arrival provides a boost with Max Gradel, the Ivory Coast forward signed from St Etienne over the summer, likely to be absent for up to six months after suffering a serious knee injury in Saturday’s draw with Leicester.