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Murray won't be sold on the cheap: Ronnie McFall


Portadown manager Ronnie McFall

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall

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Portadown manager Ronnie McFall

Portadown manager Ronnie McFall has warned potential suitors for Darren Murray that they will have to meet the club's lofty valuation of the striker before a deal is struck.

Cliftonville, Glentoran and Derry City are all interested in the 24-year-old, who handed in a second transfer request of the season last week.

After remaining resolute in their stance that he wasn't for sale in August, this time the Ports are willing to listen to offers, but having knocked back a £20,000 offer when Murray first asked to leave last summer, it is likely that it will take a bid of around that amount for Portadown to let their leading goalscorer leave the club.

"Glentoran, Cliftonville and Derry City have all been on and made enquiries," said McFall.

"The Chairman is dealing with it, but no money has been put on the table at this stage.

"It goes without saying that we are looking for the best deal we can get. We turned down £20,000 for him in the summer and I know that another club was going to top that.

"We are looking to get the most we can get for him.

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"I rate him highly as everyone knows, and just because it's January and he is looking away it doesn't mean he will go on the cheap."

A statement from the Shamrock Park club's board last week revealed that there would be no new arrivals during this month's transfer window unless current players moved on.

Murray's potential exit could now allow McFall to bring in new faces to boost their top-six challenge.

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