Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle comments on transfer speculation

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Dwight Gayle has been linked with leaving Crystal Palace this summer.

Gayle is reportedly a transfer target for newly promoted AFC Bouremouth, but he has told the Croydon Advertiser that he is only focused upon playing for the Eagles next term.

The English striker said: “I am sure we will get in a couple of strikers maybe but I'm just concentrating on myself and getting myself fit and ready for the season. I am just concentrating on playing for Palace and leaving the speculation to be speculation and just continue as myself.”

Gayle, 24, arrived at Selhurst Park in the summer of 2013, and has enjoyed a strong rise to prominence in that time. He has netted 18 goals in 54 games, showing a real natural eye for goal and proving that he is good enough for the Premier League.

Despite being a key figure under Tony Pulis during the 2014/15 season, Gayle lost his place under Alan Pardew this term, as the former Eagles’ player preferred Glenn Murray as a lone striker.

With strikers expected to be signed this summer, it is likely that Gayle’s place will be further under threat, and the Express and Star claim that both Bournemouth and Wolves want to sign him.

Still being young, Gayle represents a wise investment for any club interested in buying him, but he has made it clear that leaving Palace is not in his thoughts right now.

As a back-up option, Gayle seems the perfect player for Palace, and it is strange they are looking to replace him this summer. He has proven himself in the top flight, and is a fan favourite at Selhurst Park, and it will be a surprise if he does actually leave the Eagles this summer.

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