Crystal Palace target is the best player I've had, says Fry


Peterborough United director of football Barry Fry has revealed that interest in star striker Dwight Gayle is extremely high after talkSPORT suggested a deal has been agreed between his side and Crystal Palace.

Peterborough, who were relegated to League One at the end of last season, are close to selling Gayle to the team that relegated them on the final day for a whopping £3million.

Gayle, 22, was signed by Peterborough from League Two outfit Dagenham & Redbridge, and enjoyed his short spell at London Road, scoring 13 goals, including an impressive hat-trick away at Blackburn Rovers.

If the deal does go through, Gayle will be another lower league footballer who has impressed with Peterborough before moving on to bigger things. 

If he does sign for Crystal Palace, he will join former Posh midfielder George Boyd in the Premier League.

Aston Villa and Queens Park Rangers are also said to be keen on Gayle, as Fry looks to spark a bidding war for the club's most prized asset in an attempt to push his price up further.

Fry, who used to manage Peterborough United, conceded that the club will reluctantly sell him if the offer is good enough.

He told the South London Press: "We don't want him to go. He is on a four-year contract but so many clubs are in for him that it is very difficult for us to stop a player from League One moving to the Premier League.

"It has got to be a good offer - then we'd reluctantly let him go to the Premier League.

"He has got four years left but we are honourable people. We keep our best players as long as we can but if we get a good offer then we will listen to it.

"We've done that with all our players. The difference here is that Dwight is on a much longer contract.

"He is the best player I've had - by 100 miles. Just look at his goals - right foot, left foot and head."


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