Brighton have given the green light for Glenn Murray to terminate his Watford loan, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.
The striker, 37, has struggled to make an impact at the Championship big guns since joining on a season-long loan in the summer.
A Brighton source has told Football Insider that the club are planning to reach an agreement with the second-tier outfit over ending Murray’s loan at the midway point when the January window opens.
Talks have already taken place over ending the deal, with Brighton able to take advantage of a recall option.
Both clubs have agreed in principle to Murray heading back to his parent club.
The veteran front man has made only six appearances for Watford and just one Championship start.
His 155 minutes of action have yet to yield a goal and there is a strong possibility he could head out of Vicarage Road without scoring for the club.
Murray has not even made the matchday squad for nine of Watford’s last 10 league matches in a clear sign of his status.
Brighton will bring him back in the new year and may look at another loan deal elsewhere.
Murray had been expected to make a big impact at Watford after proving to be a consistent goalscorer at all levels throughout his career.
He is Brighton’s record Premier League scorer with 37 goals and has 111 in total for the club spanning two spells.
He has also scored prolifically at Crystal Palace and Rochdale especially, as well as had spells at Carlisle United, Bournemouth, Reading and Stockport County.
Murray signed a new one-year contract extension with Brighton in February that expires in the summer of 2021.