Murray After Mega Money

Last updated : 07 July 2003 By Rob Cooper
Scott Murray's £650,000 move appears to be a step closer this afternoon as it emerged that Alan Pardew is locked in talks with Murray, a player he has been chasing all summer.

It has also been revealed that Murray's desire to play for Reading was not down to his ambition to play at a higher level, but his desire take home more money.

"Any move is not so much to do with playing at a higher level or international ambitions. At 29, I have to look at the move with a view from a financial point of view because it could be my last," he explained, speaking to

The comments will somewhat alarm boss Alan Pardew and the accountants at the Madejski Stadium who had targeted Murray. The powers that be at Reading Football Club believed that despite the large transfer fee, he would demand lower pay than someone like Glen Little, said to be on £8,000 per week.

It had been believed that talks would be straight forward and the deal would be completed swiftly. Whilst the deal is still likely to go through, Reading may have to pay more than they had hoped to.

Reading had two bids for the Scotsman's services turned down before the Robins finally accepted a deal which could be worth as much as £650,000 to them.

Prior to meeting Alan Pardew for his showdown talks, Murray was in action for Bristol City, perhaps for the last time. The 29-year-old, who scored twenty-seven times for the Ashton Gate side last season, was in pre-season training with Danny Wilson's team.