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January 7, 2021
Brighton and Hove Albion striker Glenn Murray has been lined up for a loan move to Queens Park Rangers for the rest of the season, reports Andy Naylor.
The 37-year-old is currently on loan to Watford, but his spell at Vicarage Road hasn’t worked out, as The Athletic documented last month.
Brighton will sanction the switch to Rangers as long as they do not lose out financially on the agreement they had with Watford to pay part of Murray’s wages.
Watford, currently sixth in the Championship, will allow Murray to join another club in the same division not in promotion contention.
Rangers are 20th in the table, two points and two places above the relegation zone. They want Murray’s experience to help them avoid the drop into League One.
Murray, an established goal scorer, joined Watford rather than Bristol City in September on a season-long loan with no break clause in search of more game time than he was getting in the Premier League at Brighton under Graham Potter.
He has made only one league start for the Hertfordshire club and a change of manager has made no difference to his situation.
Xisco Munoz replaced Vladimir Ivic in December, but Murray has not played since the last of his six appearances for Watford as a substitute in a 1-1 draw at Wycombe Wanderers at the end of October.
Murray’s career at Brighton appears to be over. There is no appetite from the club to bring him back to assist their fight against relegation from the Premier League.
He scored 111 goals in 287 games for Brighton across two spells, spanning their rise from League One to the Premier League.
Striker Patrick Cutrone has been recalled by Wolves from his loan spell at Fiorentina, reports Tim Spiers.
The £16 million Italian striker left Molineux a year ago having scored three goals in 24 appearances, with Nuno Espirito Santo said to be unimpressed with the 23-year-old’s attitude. The Athletic understands Cutrone will now be given an opportunity to impress in the next couple of weeks before Wolves decide whether to make an addition late in the January window.
However his 18-month loan deal with Fiorentina has been cut short to help cover the absence of Raul Jimenez, with Wolves not yet having signed a replacement this month. Divock Origi, Luka Jovic and Josh King are three of the players…
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