Newcastle have just announced officially the signing of 25 year-old Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle and he becomes Newcastle’s second summer signing in the last three days under manager Rafa Benitez.
Dwight Gayle in Newcastle dressing room
Here’s some of the the official announcement that has just been put on the Newcastle web-site:
Newcastle United have completed the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace.
The 25-year-old striker arrives at St. James’ Park for an undisclosed fee and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.
Gayle began his professional career at Dagenham & Redbridge and spent time on loan at Bishop’s Stortford and Peterborough United before joining the latter permanently in January 2013.
However, just six months later Palace made their move for the front man in a then-club record switch, and Gayle spent three seasons at Selhurst Park, finishing as the Eagles’ top scorer in each of them and featuring in the 2016 FA Cup final at Wembley.
This is what a delighted Dwight Gayle has said:
“It’s a dream come true to be at a big club like this,”
“Newcastle has a massive fan base and a great history so it is amazing to be here.
“I can’t wait to get started, prove myself and score the goals that take us back up to the Premier League.”
“It’s where this Club belongs.”
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added this:
“Dwight is a great player, a proven goalscorer, and it is fantastic news that he has joined us.
“He has a big personality, a lot of energy and pace. He is a good finisher also, so he will add goals to our squad, for sure.
“He knows English football well, too, and that is important in the Championship.
“I am sure Dwight will want to prove he can make a big difference to our team and I am looking forward to working with him.”
The fee is thought to be £9M.
According to Peterborough Director of Football Dwight is a fantastic buy for Newcastle and he reckons Rafa will make him into an England International in a year or two.
By the way Dwight is wearing the brand new home short for next season.
This is great news for Newcastle fans.