Sky Sports is reporting that 25 year-old Dwight Gayle has passed a medical and also agreed personal terms with Newcastle.
The striker will be unveiled on Friday as Newcastle’s second summer signing after goalkeeper Matz Sels signed on from Gent on Wednesday.
Although Dwight has been Crystal Palace’s top goal scorer in each of the three seasons he has been at Palace, he has struggled to get starts and playing time under Alan Pardew.
Dwight Gayle – expected to sign tomorrow
Gayle has scored 25 goals in 74 total appearances in the Premier League for Palace and Rafa Benitez is hoping he can score lots of goals for the Magpies in the Championship next season.
The 25-year-old striker cost £4.5M when he joined Crystal Palace from Peterborough three years ago and will cost Newcastle close to £10M.
Matt Ritchie – expected to sign tomorrow
There are also local reports tonight that Matt Ritchie completed a medical and is expected to complete a move to Newcastle tomorrow.
Newcastle will pay an initial £10M fee with £2M in bonuses based on appearances.
It’s possible tomorrow that both Dwight and Matt will be announced together as Newcastle players.
But Newcastle will also be losing Andros Townsend who apparently is adamant he has to play in the Premier League next season – for his own benefit.
Andros apparently wants to play in the Premier League to further his chances of playing for England, but it seems a short-sighted single season view taken by the former Tottenham winger.
Contrast that with Gayle and Richie willing to drop down a division to play for the Magpies.
So we could bring two players in and lose one player tomorrow, but the £13M Newcastle will receive for Andros will be given to Rafa to further strengthen and increase the size of the squad this summer.
Since Andros didn’t want to stay at Newcastle it’s best he leave since we only want players who want to be on Tyneside and join Rafa Benitez’ revolution, which is only just starting.
That’s one reason we did so well back in 2009-2010, when under manager Chris Hughton we got 30 wins and a massive 102 points to win the Championship.
We shouldn’t forget that team spirit and commitment are very important and fans need to move on from losing Andros.
The good news is that Rafa has been instrumental and the driving force in getting Matz Sels, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie to the club – all very good players who will strengthen our squad.
And more are reported to be on the way, including a center-back after news tonight that Coloccini has been released by Newcastle to join San Lorenzo.