Out of favour Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle may be set for a switch to the Championship this summer, as Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett plans a shock bid, according to The Express & Star.
The 24-year-old broke Palace’s record transfer fee when he signed for the club in 2013 from Peterborough but has been on the fringes at Palace since Alan Pardew took over and could be sold by the club for around £6 million, the fee he arrived for.
Gayle has scored 10 goals in 29 appearances this season and has attracted the attention of Wolves as they look to add to their forward options with Benik Afobe and Nouha Dicko the only experienced strikers in the side.
Wolves have moved some of their biggest earners off the books recently, releasing £40,000-a-week striker Kevin Doyle and with Bakary Sako also set to depart they may have the additional funds for Gayle’s £20,000-a-week wages.
A stumbling block may prove to be the transfer fee though, as Wolves are unlikely to meet the Eagles’ £6 million valuation of the player.
This could pave the way for Gayle to join Bournemouth, as Eddie Howe has also declared an interest in the Englishman. The attacker would prefer to remain in the Premier League and the Cherries are more likely to meet the player’s asking price, with rumours that Howe wants to bring in Jermaine Defoe to feature alongside him.
Over at the Molineux, Jackett’s side may now be forced to look at Newcastle’s Sammy Ameobi who is also a summer target for the club. The winger will be available for just a compensation fee as he is out of contract at St James’ Park but not eligible for a free transfer as he is under 24.