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Cliftonville chase Murray to replace Joe Gormley

By Graham Luney

Published 15/06/2015

Wanted man: Darren Murray has his admirers at Cliftonville
Wanted man: Darren Murray has his admirers at Cliftonville

Portadown are on alert over a possible big money offer for striker Darren Murray from Cliftonville after the Reds' leading goalscorer Joe Gormley joined Peterborough United.

Murray is high up the Solitude wish list and the north Belfast side need to bolster their attacking options after Gormley's move to the League One club.

Gormley, who smashed in 41 goals last season, has signed a three-year contract at the ABAX Stadium, subject to international clearance.

Cliftonville will pocket around £60,000 with add ons factored into the deal.

Gormley said: "I am really happy to be signing for Peterborough United. It's a dream I have had to come over the water and show what I can do in England. Grant McCann and Dave Robertson have really sold the club to me and I can't wait to get started.

"I am obviously sad to be leaving Cliftonville because I have been there a long time and grew up just around the corner.

"I scored 41 goals last season which was my best scoring record and hopefully I can transfer that form into the Football League. At the end of the day, the size of the goals do not change."

United boss Dave Robertson added on the club's website: "'Joe comes with an excellent pedigree having scored 41 goals last season and he is a player that we have known about for quite some time because of his goals to games ratio and his all round ability.

"I am thrilled that the deal is over the line and I am looking forward to working with Joe.

"We want to bring goals to this team and I am confident that he will be a big part of that.

"The chairman has been fantastic in getting this deal completed."

On the prospect of landing Ports striker Murray, Reds boss Tommy Breslin said:"Darren's name has been mentioned as he lives locally but I'd be pretty sure that Portadown would not want to sell the player."

Breslin has told Reds fans not to panic and the club plan to be fiercely competitve next season.

"This is what we are in football for," he added.

"We are committed to improving players and in Joe's situation he has a chance to live his dream as a full-time footballer and we are delighted for him.

"We will still field a very strong team next season with a style of football that suits us.

"It was now or never for Joe and I'm happy a club has shown faith in him. He deserves it."

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