Palace Land £8.5m Striker With Claims They Outbid Newcastle
It is reported that Crystal Palace have beaten Newcastle to the signature of, “one of the hottest strikers in English football”.
I have to say that I hadn’t heard of the player in question but the fact Palace have spent a club record £8.5m tells you a number of things. Firstly that the player must have great potential and secondly, no club is happy to just make up the numbers in the Premier League this coming season.
The striker that Palace have bought is 22 year old Dwight Gayle and it is a real uplifting story, showing that players do still exist who can get their chance in the Premier League after starting off in the Conference.
In what looks a win/win all round, Gayle has joined Palace and given them a striker full of pace, who scored 20 goals last season. Peterborough have picked up £8.5m for a player they paid only £500,000 for in January after a loan deal proved a big success. While Dagenham & Redbridge received that half a million plus no doubt a cut of the fee Palace have paid out.
Maybe the player will prove a flop when trying to repeat the scoring success he enjoyed at a lower level but fair play to Palace who are going to give it a go, knowing they can rely on a minimum of £60m or so from broadcasting rights at the end of the season.
It is a Palace Co-Chairman who has described Gayle as one of the ‘hottest strikers’ so you might say ‘well he would say that wouldn’t he’.
Whether there had been serious from Newcastle is anybody’s guess but one thing must be ‘crystal’ clear to Mike Ashley (hopefully) now, if Newcastle go into the season without adding real strength to the squad then this summer’s fiasco off the field may look small time if it repeated on the pitch. Every club is spending serious money in preparation for this coming season, well when I say every club…
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