News in a number of papers today that Newcastle midfielder Dan Gosling is very close to a move to Crystal Palace, where he will link up with his former manager at Plymouth Argyle – Ian Holloway – who gave him his first team debut as a 16 year-old seven years ago.
Dan Gosling – three seasons at Newcastle
Dan joined Newcastle three years ago on a free transfer from Everton, but has failed to win a place in the Newcastle first team, and over three seasons he’s played only 26 times for Newcastle with one goal.
The 23-year-old is keen to end his spell in the north-east, where he has been plagued by injury, and it will be good for Dan to get regular football elsewhere.
This is what Alan Pardew said about Gosling today:
“When he was fit, Dan was behind some fantastic players – Yohan Cabaye, Check Tiote, Moussa Sissoko and Vurnon Anita,” ““With the game time he’d get it wouldn’t be fair for me to have him in the squad.”
“We need the room in terms of the finance to get other players in. We wish him well. He’s been a terrific lad on the training field here. He was never anything other than 100% committed in his training.
“Like all players, there’s a time for them to find their first-team place. I think Dan feels at Crystal Palace he’s got a great chance of making a career where he’s a regular starter.”
Those are good words from the Newcastle manager, and Dan himself, even though he didn’t play much on Tyneside, has said he loved his time at Newcastle – so that’s always good to hear.
His agent yesterday told the South London Press that the player was having a medical at Crystal Palace, so a fee must have been agreed with Newcastle and also personal terms agreed with the player.
That will mean Dan is the fourth Englishman to depart St. James’ Park this summer, following Danny Simpson (QPR), Steve Harper (Hull) and James Perch (Wigan) in seeking to play their football elsewhere.
We expect an announcement that Dan has signed for Crystal Palace any time now – assuming he passes his medical of course.
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