Glenn Murray does not want to leave Crystal Palace and new boss Alan Pardew should be looking to give a proven goalscorer a chance.
Glenn Murray could end up saving Crystal Palace millions in the transfer market.
He was frozen out by Neil Warnock, with a lack of Premier League outings forcing him out on loan.
Murray netted eight times during four months at Reading and has returned to Selhurst Park full of confidence.
He is also pleased to have seen Warnock replaced by former Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew, with a clean slate offered to a man who was initially left out of Palace’s 25-man top-flight squad for the 2014/15 campaign.
Murray said in the Croydon Advertiser: “Obviously I am a Palace player, I was only on loan at Reading. As a player, you just get on with it and it’s part and parcel of the game.
“It’s up to clubs, it goes beyond me if they agree a fee or what not. With a new gaffer in at Palace, we need to speak. He’s been busy up to now so I am sure will do this week. I am not looking to leave Palace or get away. Clubs might be talking but as far as I’m concerned, I’m a Palace player.
“It was nice to get some games under my belt and consistency. That was good as I hadn’t had that since my injury.
“It was just the decision people made at the club and I had to deal with that and move on at the time. I could not have been called back or anything because the 25-man squad had been announced for the Premier League, so it was just one of things unfortunately."
Pardew could do a lot worse than draft Murray back into the Palace fold.
Skipper Mile Jedinak is the club’s top Premier League scorer this season with five, and he operates in midfield.
Fraizer Campbell is the Eagles’ leading frontman, but he only has three goals to his name and it is clear that a spark is required from somewhere – be that from one of those already on their books or a fresh face drafted in during the January transfer window.