Newly-promoted Premier League sides often focus their transfer activity on two kinds of player; promising youngsters with plenty to prove, or experienced top flight professionals.
However if Crystal Palace are able to complete the signing of Newcastle United’s Dan Gosling, they would be getting a little of both, and the midfielder might well prove to be a fantastic piece of business if he can stay injury free.
Ian Holloway gave Gosling his first professional start as a 16-year-old at Plymouth Argyle, and the midfielder looked well set for a fine career when he subsequently moved to Everton.
However Gosling’s time at Goodison was a struggle due to his injury problems, and the same issues have beset the 23-year-old in his three-year spell at Newcastle United.
As a result Gosling is desperate for a chance to reignite his career, and with first team opportunities unlikely to be guaranteed at Newcastle this summer he could reunite with former manager Ian Holloway at Crystal Palace.
Palace themselves have several fine options in midfield, but Gosling has useful Premier League experience and the talent to become a fixture in the team if he stays injury free. The 23-year-old is also adaptable enough to cover in several positions if required.
Gosling has played in several England youth sides, and there is no doubt that on his best form he is an excellent player. On paper, this seems like exactly the kind of move that Palace should be aiming to complete this summer. The risk is relatively low, the player is incredibly motivated, and if Gosling stays fit, he is undoubtedly good enough to make a huge impact on the Palace side.
According to reports personal terms have all but been agreed, with the two clubs needing to agree a fee for Gosling. It is unlikely Newcastle will demand a huge amount, having signed Gosling on a free themselves, and in the next week or two Palace might complete what turns out to be their signing of the summer.
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