Amongst the strikers that Manchester United considered buying in the January window was veteran Brighton striker Glenn Murray.
United were linked with a host of forwards as they looked to replace the injured Marcus Rashford, with Islam Slimani, Salomon Rondon and Bournemouth’s Josh King also in the reckoning before they decided to sign Odion Ighalo from Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on loan for the rest of the season.
The news that 36 year old Murray was also a possibility will come as a surprise to many, especially as his future on the South Coast had appeared to be in doubt since the signing of Neal Maupay from Brentford in the summer.
That had led to speculation linking him with moves away from the Amex Stadium, with Celtic, Aston Villa and Newcastle all interested in signing him.
However, he started his first game since September on Saturday, and netted the equaliser as his side came back to draw 3 – 3 with West Ham at the London Stadium.
And, on Monday, the man who has scored 111 goals in 278 games for The Seagulls, signed a one year contract extension.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.