Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle set for Fulham loan; mistake on behalf of the Eagles?

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Connor Wickham's impending Crystal Palace move could see Dwight Gayle sent on loan to Fulham.

Fulham will sign Dwight Gayle on loan from Crystal Palace this week, according to the Mirror.

The Mirror suggest the Cottagers have moved for the forward after Alan Pardew swooped for Sunderland striker Connor Wickham.

Gayle has been pushed down the pecking order at Selhurst Park after the signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford and the expected arrival of Wickham. 

It is suggested that a move across London to join up with manager Kit Symons at Fulham will enable the front man to reignite his career, while also serving to lessen the burden of the current Crystal Palace wage bill. 

Palace mistake?

Gayle has mostly featured as a substitute since his switch from Peterborough two seasons ago but this has not stopped him from being among the goals. He has been top scorer (based on goals in all competitions) in both seasons he's spent with the club - eight in 2013-14 and 10 in 2014-15 - despite starting just 19 games in the past two years.

He made 11 starts for the Eagles last term, scoring on five occasions, while fashioning a further 15 key passes. 

The 24-year-old has made the step up from third-tier football with relative ease and the Crystal Palace fans have been treated to moments of quality throughout his time at Selhurst Park.

Nonetheless, with Glenn Murray, Patrick Bamford, Marouane Chamakh and now Wickham also on the club's books, it is unlikely he would have settled for a bit-part role ahead of the upcoming season. 

A loan move to Fulham provides the opportunity for the player to impress in the Championship, before making his return to the Palace set-up next season, where he could go on to establish himself as a key player under Alan Pardew. But is it a mistake to let him go?

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