Palace open contract talks with striker Gayle

Date published: Tuesday 29th September 2015 12:14

Dwight Gayle: New Newcastle signing

Crystal Palace have opened talks with striker Dwight Gayle over a new contract at Selhurst Park, according to the Guardian.

Gayle nearly left Premier League Palace twice during the summer transfer window, with Championship side Bristol City having a £9million bid accepted and Norwich making an offer on deadline day. Gayle refused to drop down a division to join newly-promoted City, while Palace rebuffed Norwich’s offer as it was too late to secure a replacement.

Signed for a then club-record fee of £3.5million from Peterborough in 2013, the 25-year-old has struggled for regular game time under Alan Pardew, with Connor Wickham preferred in a central striking role.

However, Gayle was handed a chance to impress from the start against Watford at the weekend after scoring a Capital One Cup hat-trick against Charlton in midweek.

The Guardian report that although Gayle still has two years remaining on his current contract, Palace are keen to extend his deal by a further two years after securing fresh terms with Yannick Bolasie, Scott Dann and James McArthur.

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