There are reports tonight that Newcastle are interested in Crystal Palace striker 25 year-old Dwight Gale who joined Palace two years ago from Peterborough United for a sizable £4.5M fee.
It’s the first time we’ve been linked with this player who scored 5 Premier League goals in 25 appearances last season and 7 goals in 23 appearances in his first season at Palace.
Dwight Gayle – 25 year-old Crystal Palace striker
And the news is that Crystal Palace have put a £10M price-tag on their striker, and we suppose they are hoping some Premier League club (very) flush with cash from the big payouts at the end of the season will pay that amount for a player who seems to be a mediocre striker.
The Walthamstow-born striker has played a total of 55 games for Palace over the last two seasons and scored 18 goals in all competitions, but Newcastle have been linked with more prolific strikers than Gayle, including what seems to be our top target – Charlie Austin.
Apparently Bournemouth have bid £6M for Gayle, but we;d be very surprised if Newcastle are really after this player .
Of course one of the problems Newcastle will likely have this season is being able to attract our top targets, after a miserable last three seasons, and in two of them we have fought against relegation and just scraped by last season finishing 6th bottom in 15th place.
25 year-old Charlie Austin had a great season for QPR and scored 18 Premier League goals in 35 appearances for a struggling QPR last season.
The other Premier League clubs after Charlie include Southampton, West Ham and Aston Villa, so Newcastle have some significant competition, and QPR Director of Football Les Ferdinand wants £15M for his star player.
Austin could be worth that amount to Newcastle, who must sign a recognized Premier League striker this summer – that’s one of the priorities along with a top center-back.
What do you think?