Palace pulled plug on Norwich move for Dwight Gayle

HITC Sport understands Crystal Palace pulled the plug on Dwight's Gayle potential move to Norwich at the last minute.

Norwich City were confident of signing Dwight Gayle before the transfer deadline only for Norwich to shelve the deal at the final minute, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

The Canaries had made a late move for Gayle after seeing moves for a number of targets fall through, but they suffered more frustration in their pursuit of Gayle.

Gayle is understood to have agreed personal terms with Norwich after Palace accepted the Canaries' bid for the unsettled striker just before the close of the window.

However, Palace were forced to stop the deal happening after Connor Wickham picked up an injury in training.

Palace are waiting to find out the full extent of Wickham's injury, but with the summer signing from Sunderland possibly facing a spell on the sidelines and Glenn Murray having left Selhurst Park for Bournemouth, Alan Pardew's side were unwilling to sanction a move for Gayle as it would have left them short of attacking options.

Gayle's future at Palace has been the subject of speculation all summer, with the former Peterborough man finding himself down the pecking order in Pardew's plans.

But now Gayle looks set to stay at Palace until January at least and he could earn a run in the side if Wickham's injury forces him onto the sidelines for a number of weeks.

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