Doyle Beats The Clock, Murray Out On Loan
Crystal Palace have tonight beat the transfer window clock to bring in striker Kevin Doyle on loan until January, and Glenn Murray has left for a loan spell at Reading.
30 year old Doyle's paperwork went through minutes before the transfer window shut and he comes to us with good Premier League experience from his time at Reading and Wolverhampton Wanderers and he will now challenge Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and Fraizer Campbell for a starting position.
Having caught the eye of Steve Coppell with his performances in Ireland, he brought him to Reading in 2005 and in his debut season he helped them reach the Premier League and backed that up with 13 goals in his first season in to the top flight.
Four years, 164 games and 56 goals later, he moved on to Wolves for £6.5million and he has spent the last four years at Molyneux.
Tasting both success and failure, time in the Premier League followed by successive relegations, he spent the end of last season out on loan with Queens Park Rangers helping them back into the top flight in their Play Off Final victory over Derby County last May.
He moves to us having made over 300 career appearances, scoring 91 times, and at international level he has been a regular since making his debut against Sweden back in March 2006. He has 59 caps so far with a return of 13 goals.
As for Murray, he moves to Reading until January also and the 31 year old was targeted by manager Nigel Adkins to give him a boost in their firepower as he hopes to take them back to the Premier League.
Murray joined us from Brighton on a free transfer back in 2011 and scored seven times in his debut season for us. The following campaign was a revelation as he finished as the Championship's top goalscorer with a whopping 30 goals to his name, helping us to promotion to the Premier League.
An unfortunate injury in the Play Off game against Brighton left him on the sidelines for a long time, but he did make his return and his Premier League debut in the game against West Bromwich Albion in February and scored his first goal in the top flight against Swansea from the penalty spot.
He leaves on loan having made 106 appearances for the club across all competitions, scoring a total of 39 times.
Whether both of these moves are a precursor to permanent deals we'll have to see, but in the case of Murray it might not just be to get him a good run of games given how Gayle has began the season.
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