Assuming he passes his medical, Newcastle should announce the signing of 25 year-old Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle for around £10M today and he will be the second signing in two days for Rafa Benitez.
News today that Matt Richie is on his way to Newcastle this morning after Rafa made his first signing of the summer yesterday when Newcastle signed Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels.
Rafa Benitez has been the driving force behind all three acquisitions.
Dwight Gayle – next through the door at Newcastle
News today in the Northern Echo that Benitez identified Dwight Gayle very early in the summer as a target and the lad has speed and movement.
He has scored 24 goals in 71 appearances for Palace over the last four years and that’s even though he has been used sparingly by former Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, since he’s been at the London club for the last eighteen months.
When Dwight was at Peterborough from November of 2012 for the rest of that season he scored 13 goals in 29 appearances for them in the Championship, before he joined Crystal Palace in the summer of 2013 for £4.5M.
Before he left Dagenham & Redbridge for Peterborough in November of 2012 – initially on loan – he had scored 7 goals in 20 appearances for them.
So in season 2012-2013 he scored 20 goals in 49 total appearances for Peterborough and Degenham.
Dwight has shown he can score goals in the Premier League and in the Championship, so in that way he’s just the type of payer Rafa said he wanted to sign this summer.
He has speed and natural goalscoring ability and Rafa will make him into a better player on Tyneside.
The striker is understood to have already agreed personal terms and the signing is expected to be announced shortly.
Dwight was reported yesterday to be keen to join Newcastle after talking with Rafa Benitez.
We never rated Dwight much – but if Rafa rates him – we’ll just have to think again.
Obviously we hope he does great on Tyneside.