Football: New deal for Eagles goal machine Murray

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CRYSTAL Palace Glenn Murray has agreed a new three-year contract at Selhurst Park.

The striker, 29, is the npower Championship’s top scorer this season with 29 goals.

Murray, who moved to Palace from fierce rivals Brighton on a free transfer in the summer of 2011, was reportedly a target for Aston Villa and Fulham.

Birmingham pair Akwasi Asante and Jack Deaman have joined Shrewsbury and Cheltenham respectively on loan deals until the end of the campaign.

Holland-born striker Asante, 20, arrived at Birmingham Academy as a youngster and went on to make his first-team debut in the Europa League early last season before linking up with Northampton for a brief loan spell.

He will now look to gain further experience in Shrewsbury’s bid for npower League One survival. Defender Deaman, 19, has also been on the periphery of Blues’ first-team squad and will hope to attract the attention of boss Lee Clark while helping Cheltenham’s battle for promotion.

Bolton have signed West Ham forward Robert Hall on loan until the end of the season.