Newcastle United are on the verge of signing striker Dwight Gayle from old Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
According to the Guardian, Newcastle will initially pay £8.5 million for the 25-year-old, but the fee could rise to over £10m, depending on the number of goals he scores, and if the club gets promoted or not.
Gayle joined Crystal Palace in 2013 from League One outfit Peterborough United, signing for a club record fee of £4.5m. He signed a new three-year contract with Palace back in April, but it appears that the Englishman may be on his way out of the club just two months later.
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Opportunities were limited for Gayle towards the end of last season, despite being the club's top scorer in the three seasons he's spent at Selhurst Park.
A move to Championship side Newcastle, who were recently relegated from the Premier League, will be seen as a step down for the striker. However, as he doesn't look to be part of Alan Pardew's plans for next season, Gayle may choose to move to Tyneside to help the Toon Army get back into England's top division.
Earlier this week, rumours suggested that Palace had been ready to trigger Andros Townsend's release clause in an attempt to bring him back to London.
The player himself is currently weighing up his options, however, the moves that could see two players heading in opposite directions are not connected, and one move is not reliant on the other.
Townsend has only been at St James' Park since January, following a winter move from Tottenham Hotspur, but despite his best efforts, he couldn't prevent the club from relegation.
If the Magpies do sign Gayle in the coming weeks, it would be a clear indication of intent from manager Rafa Benitez, who faces perhaps the toughest job of his long career, attempting to bring Newcastle back into the Premier League.
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