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Will Dwight Gayle be a force in the Premier League?

Gayle is close to moving to Selhurst Park (©GettyImages)
Gayle is close to moving to Selhurst Park (©GettyImages).

Dwight Gayle is on the verge of a move to the Premier League with Crystal Palace leading the race for his signature. 

The fee is rumoured to be around £6million but the question is - is he worth such a hefty price tag ??

The 22-year-old from Walthamstow began his footballing career at Arsenal where he was released as a teenager in 2009, shortly after his release he was signed by Essex Senior League side Stansted FC. 

The youngster aged just 19 - at the time - enjoyed a good stint with the Essex outfit and in his second season he managed a fantastic return of 57 goals in 44 games.

His fantastic return earned him a move to League 2 Dagenham & Redbridge, impressing the then Daggers manager John Still to sign him up. 

He was loaned to Blue Square North Side Bishop's Stortford to gain more first-team experience at a higher level, where again the striker showed his lethal touch by returning 42 goals in all competitions for the London-based side.

In November 2012, just three months after making his Dagenham debut, Gayle caught the attention of Championship side Peterborough United. 

The 22-year-old joined on an initial three month loan with the option to make the move permanent in January. 

After scoring seven goals in nine games during his loan spell, Peterborough moved swiftly to secure the 22-year-old's services for the remained of the season.

Gayle initially agreed personal terms on Christmas Eve, before confirming the fee and move on the January 2 this year for a fee of £500,000 which with add-ons could eventually rise to £750,000. 

During his two years spent at Dagenham, Gayle managed a return of seven goals in the 18 games he played for the Daggers. 

The young striker signed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Posh and quickly became a key figure in the remainder of United's season, adding another six goals in the remaining 20 games, taking his total tally for the season to 13 goals in 29 games.

Gayle's electric pace and agility make him a hard man to mark and Championship sides struggled to contain the frontman's energy.

Gayle caught the attention of the press when he hit a 'perfect' hat-trick against Blackburn Rovers on the March 2 2013. 

Gayle's fantastic record at lower level and his performances for Peterborough were thought to be catching the attention of many Championship clubs. 

Gayle, it would appear, has caught the eye of Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway. 

With Palace now on the lookout for some fresh attacking talent after losing Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United, Holloway can obviously see something bright in the 22-year-old. 

Questions are being raised among football fans about the hefty price tag that would appear to be floating around the web. 

But the fee has been agreed between the two clubs and looks set to be around the £6million mark.

So will a player who played in the Essex Senior League three years ago be able to perform in the Premier League? 

Watch this space...

 

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Premier League
Crystal Palace
Peterborough United
Football
Championship

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