Warnock confirms he will not sell Dwight Gayle despite Premier League duo's interest

Leicester City and Burnley were both reportedly hoping to sign Crystal Palace hitman Dwight Gayle.

Crystal Palace manager Neil Warnock has no intentions of selling Dwight Gayle in the January transfer window. 

The Eagles front-man had attracted the attentions of Leicester City and Burnley in recent weeks, but Warnock insists that he is not for sale because of the paucity of attacking options that he has at the club. 

Palace are understood to be looking for a striker in the new-year, but Gayle will not be sold to make room for any new arrivals.

Gayle's potential availability was touted after Warnock publicly criticised the front-man, despite his impressive scoring record.

The 24-year-old finished last season as Palace's top-scorer and is already top of the charts at the club this time around.

However, Warnock has not been as impressed by the former Peterborough United's goalscoring form as many of the clubs supporters.

Eagles fans have been left baffled by Gayle's lack of opportunity at Selhurst Park, where he has been used as a back-up option since arriving back in the summer of 2013, but Warnock feels that Gayle needs to do more before becoming a permanent fixture in his first-team. 

"He hasn't pushed himself into pole position in training really," Warnock said to Sky Sports this week. "I was disappointed when he came on against Stoke if I'm honest. And in training he's not really knocked my door down."

Gayle's six goals in 13 sporadic appearances have been enough to attract the attentions of others, though, with Leicester and Burnley wanting to pounce.

The two clubs are both fighting against the drop and they felt that Gayle could fire them up the table.

However, Warnock's reluctance to do a deal for the striker today seems to end any hopes of them securing his signature in the new-year. “We can’t afford to let him go because we are so short of players," the Palace boss said to the Standard.  

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