It’s not very often that a player can go from playing in the lower leagues of English football and then enjoy a spot in the Premier League but young striker Dwight Gayle could just join this exclusive club.
The 22 year old Peterborough striker has caught the eye of Crystal Palace with the London side having made a formal approach for the striker.
It’s thought that the Playoff winners have made a £6 million bid for Gayle who himself has only been playing at London Road for the past 7 months since signing from Dagenham and Redbridge.
But Gayle has been on strong form for The Posh over the back part of last season scoring 13 goals in 29 appearances since moving to Cambridgeshire.
The former Arsenal youngster has enjoyed a very good start to his professional career considering that just two years ago he was playing for Stansted Mountfitchet in the Essex Senior League.
But since signing for Dagenham and Redbridge in 2011, Gayle’s record has been second to none scoring 62 goals in just 109 appearances.
With Gayle managing to maintain his consistency at each of the different levels of English football, it has meant that many top sides are now eager to acquire his services.
Crystal Palace £6 million might rise to £8.5 million once the deal is complete with added incentives being added for the future.
This is thought to include a £1.5m sell on clause included into his current Peterborough contract which only begun 7 months ago.
Should Gayle decide on a move to Selhurst Park, it would become one of Palace’s first signings since gaining promotion back to the Premier League last season.
Yet to make any big name signings so far, only Jermaine Easter has signed for the club having signed from Millwall for an undisclosed fee.
With some of last season’s star players such as Wilfired Zaha moving away from Selhurst Park, it will be up to other members of the squad to step it up a notch over the coming months.
It means that senior players such as Julian Speroni and Mile Jedinak will need to show their experience from the international scene and help guide the team through what will be a tough season.
Palace are keen to sign strong young players and signing the likes of Gayle will certainly show that the club are eager to look anywhere to sign players that they think will cut the mustard.