Dwight Gayle is now officially a Newcastle United player and he has declared that he ‘can’t wait to get started’.

Unveiled at St James Park exactly five weeks before Newcastle kick off their Championship campaign at Craven Cottage, Gayle becomes the second signing of the week after the capture of Matz Sels.

All the signs are also good for Matt Ritchie to complete his move before the day’s end, having flown in last night for his medical.

Dwight Gayle says that ‘It is a dream come true to be at a big club like this’ and hopefully now he will get regular football he will still keep up his very impressive goals to games ratio.

Very encouraging signs in the transfer market already despite Andros Townsend’s imminent departure.

Pre-season training starts today and then off to Ireland in a week’s time for the training camp, hopefully we might see one or two more additions before the squad head off for that seven day visit to County Kildare.

Official Newcastle United statement:

‘Newcastle United have completed the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace.

The 25-year-old striker arrives at St. James’ Park for an undisclosed fee and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.

Gayle began his professional career at Dagenham & Redbridge and spent time on loan at Bishop’s Stortford and Peterborough United before joining the latter permanently in January 2013.

However, just six months later Palace made their move for the front man in a then-club record switch, and Gayle spent three seasons at Selhurst Park, finishing as the Eagles’ top scorer in each of them and featuring in the 2016 FA Cup final at Wembley.

“It’s a dream come true to be at a big club like this,” said Gayle.

“Newcastle has a massive fan base and a great history so it is amazing to be here.

“I can’t wait to get started, prove myself and score the goals that take us back up to the Premier League. It’s where this Club belongs.”

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added: “Dwight is a great player, a proven goalscorer, and it is fantastic news that he has joined us.

“He has a big personality, a lot of energy and pace. He is a good finisher also, so he will add goals to our squad, for sure.

“He knows English football well, too, and that is important in the Championship.

“I am sure Dwight will want to prove he can make a big difference to our team and I am looking forward to working with him.”

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