According to the Sun, Derby County are readying a massive £3.5 million bid for out-on-loan Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray. We've decided to prep this rumour up for the transfer bin and tell you the three key reasons why.
The transfer fee:
The speculated transfer fee would mean Glenn Murray would join flop Robert Earnshaw in the history books as Derby County's record signing.
Since there relegation, Derby simply haven't, or been able to, match a transfer fee like the one they paid out for the Welshman until they received the money from the play-off final which helped land George Thorne for a fee thought to be in the region of between £2.6 million and £3.2 million.
Nevertheless, the former England U19 midfielder is a player with potential sell on value and had just played a key part in a promotion pushing side. In contrast, Murray has been deemed surplus to requirements by his parent club and is most likely unable to promise any sell on value at all.
The fee sounds too high, especially for Derby, and Palace would be lucky to receive anywhere close to even half of that, considering his current status at Selhurst Park.
Derby's system & Chris Martin:
Derby play with a fixed 4-3-3 formation and haven't deviated from their free-flowing system since Steve McClaren became manager just over a year go.
The current system is suitable for only one striker and with the Championship's top goalscorer leading the line already, it seems unlikely Derby will actively look to seek a replacement.
The 31-year-old could look to be used as back-up to Martin, should the Scotland international get injured, but it's highly unlikely the East Midland's side will fork out the money speculated to have someone sat on the bench. Even less likely when you also consider they have an experienced replacement in Leon Best and an England U20 international in Kwame Thomas already vying for that position.
Reading already have a deal in place to sign the experienced frontman:
When Murray arrived at Reading on loan, director of football Nick Hammond told supporters that the club had already written up a deal in order to sign him at the end of his temporary loan spell.
''Glenn has had a serious injury and we're mindful of that,'' Hammond said in September.
''Even though he's recovered very well, from a club perspective we were very keen to do a loan deal to have a good look at him to see where he is at. We know the quality of the player, but we have to be clear on his fitness. I'm sure he'll come and prove that.''
He confirmed: ''We have an option to buy him at the end of the loan period for a certain price,'' which after his impact at the Madejski Stadium will surely be a no brainer.
In summary, if you're looking to put money on Murray's next club then your best bet would be to steer clear of Derby and opt for Reading.