Crystal Palace striker to sign new contract; what are Pardew's transfer plans?

Crystal Palace Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray is set to sign a new contract with the Eagles.

After scoring eight goals in 18 games for Reading during a loan spell, Crystal Palace striker Glenn Murray is back at Selhurst Park.

The 31-year-old centre forward was allowed to leave the club by Neil Warnock, but demanded talks over his future with new manager Alan Pardew earlier this week.

"It was nice to get some consistent games under my belt at Reading but I’m not looking to get away. As far as I know, I am a Palace player. I was only on loan at Reading. It is up to the two clubs. It goes beyond me. With the new gaffer, we need to speak and I am sure we will. He has been busy up until now and I am sure we will this week," he said.

Well, it seems that the two have indeed had that discussion, with reports suggesting that Murray will sign a new contract to stay with Palace.

His contract was set to expire at the end of this season, and in a bid to make sure they don't lose him for free, Palace are set to extend his deal until 2017.

That now raises question marks over what Pardew plans to do in the transfer market. He has two strikers with good pace and movement in Dwight Gayle and Fraizer Campbell, but is believed to be looking for a more physical presence in attack.

Moves for Liverpool's Rickie Lambert and Swansea City's Bafetimbi Gomis have been touted, and they both fit that bill perfectly - but would no doubt cost a pretty penny.

Now, Pardew will have Murray's future tied down to the club, and he is best utilised as a target man where he can use his strength and aerial ability.

Murray's extended stay at Selhurst Park is unlikely to deter Pardew from pursuing Gomis or Lambert, but now has the safety blanket in case he can't land them.

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