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Fulham prepare £8 million plus add-ons bid for Dwight Gayle

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Out-of-favour Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle could be on his way out of south London with Championship side Fulham readying a bid of £8 million plus add-ons for the striker, reports the Daily Mail.

The 24-year-old is seen as surplus to requirements at Alan Pardew's side, with the Eagles seemingly happy to accept less than their £10 million valuation for the forward.

As a result, Fulham are now confident that their bid will be accepted. This is the second time they have been linked with a move for Gayle this transfer window, the first being a loan offer.

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Palace, though, had already accepted a similar bid for the Englishman earlier this week from Bristol City, but the deal has reportedly stalled as Gayle doesn’t want a move to Ashton Gate.

Gayle became a club-record signing in 2013 when he arrived from Peterborough for £6 million, but with the new arrivals of strikers Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford, it appears Gayle has fallen further down the striker totem pole.

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With 12 goals in 29 appearances for the Eagles, Gayle has shown that he has the ability to score on England's biggest stage, yet because of his lack of a physical presence, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has his reservations over whether he can fulfil a lone striker role.

Speaking on Thursday, Pardew reiterated the club’s plan to move Gayle.

“He came and saw me at the start of the season to express a view to move elsewhere," Pardew said. 'I said, "OK, that's fine with me, we'll try to get you a club.”

“Dwight last year was a little bit not involved in the first team. It's difficult to fit him into the way I play.”

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