Cliftonville forced to wait in their pursuit of Portadown striker Darren Murray

Portadown striker Darren Murray
Portadown striker Darren Murray

Tommy Breslin admits it is a case of wait and see whether Cliftonville can land striker Darren Murray this summer.

The Reds have tabled a bid for the Portadown striker and are awaiting a response from the Shamrock Park club.

Ports boss Ronnie McFall this week reiterated his club’s stance on the matter, insisting Murray is “not for sale”.

Breslin – who lost prolific hitman Joe Gormley to Peterborough United back in June – admits Cliftonville have done all they can in their pursuit of the 23-year-old.

“We have made a bid to Portadown, and it is up to them to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’. They might say our bid isn’t good enough, so we are waiting on a response from them,” he said.

“I understand that maybe some of their board members were on holiday and haven’t met to discuss things. Hopefully something will happen one way or another in the next few days.

“We have done what we need to do. If they say our offer isn’t enough, we then have to consider our next move.”

Despite the ongoing transfer saga surrounding Murray, Breslin insists his primary focus is on Saturday’s Premiership opener at Glenavon.

“At this point in time, I am looking forward to Saturday and nothing else,” he added.

“We have trained hard and prepared well for our trip to Glenavon. It is a tough opening, but they are all tough.

“We won’t need much motivating as the last time we played there we got beat 5-0. It was the worst feeling in the world.

“I wouldn’t say revenge is on our minds, but it is an incentive for the players to go out and maybe wrong a few rights. But we can’t wait to get started again.”