Dwight Gayle has turned down a move to Championship new boys Bristol City, talkSPORT understands.
A couple of days ago, The Robins had a bid of between £6m-£8m (depending on which paper you read) accepted by Crystal Palace for the 24yr old striker. Gayle was thought to be staying at Palace this summer but that was before Alan Pardew moved to buy Connor Wickham for £7m and to loan in Patrick Bamford for the season from Chelsea.
Gayle was described by Eagles` Chairman, Steve Parrish a couple of weeks ago on talkSPORT as being a player that was very important to Palace and the best finisher at the club. He joined from League One Peterborough for a reported fee of £8m in the summer of 2013 and ended up as Palace`s top scorer last season with ten goals.
However, the return from loan of Glenn Murray last January, which coincided with Pardew`s appointment as manager, saw Gayle drop down the pecking order at Selhurst Park. Earlier today, Bristol City boss, Steve Cotterill said that Gayle had asked for time to consider The Robins` offer but that they couldn`t wait indefinitely – it now seems Gayle has turned down the chance to move to the South West.
Gayle was reported by The Sun yesterday as “waiting for Norwich to make an offer” in the hope he could stay in the Premier League. I`ve just read a tweet that suggests City have now done that and a bid has been accepted.
Don`t get too excited (or not, in your case DG) just yet though. The tweet on it`s own cannot be judged as it`s a source I`ve never seen before today. It`s probably just a load of hokem.
We`ll know soon enough.