Palace to offer player-plus-cash for Sunderland star

Managerless Crystal Palace are lining up a revised bid for Sunderland’s Connor Wickham which will include the Eagles’ striker Glenn Murray, according to reports in the English press. Wickham is rated at around £8 million, but Selhurst Park are reportedly prepared to spend £6 million on the former Ipswich man, and include Murray as part of the deal.

The news might dismay some Palace fans, for whom Murray has established himself as a club hero during seasons in the lower leagues. However, the striker has been shunted down the pecking order over the past 12 months, and now sits as 4th choice attacker behind Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and new signing Frazier Campbell.

Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is said to be reluctant to let Wickham leave the Stadium of Light side this summer after the player proved vital in last season’s miracle escape from the relegation zone. However, Poyet is also thought to be an admirer of Murray’s, having faced his attacking threat as a manager before now.

Palace chairman Steve Parish is thought to be the main driving force behind the potential deal, given that the London club do not currently have a manager in place. Tony Pulis parted company with the Eagles last week over reported conflicts about transfer targets, but Parish does not look to have given up on the club’s bid to buy Wickham.

Updated: August 20, 2014 — 8:30 am
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