Steve Parish explains why Crystal Palace rejected transfer offers for Dwight Gayle

Selhurst Park - Crystal Palace - 23/02/2014

Crystal Palace had offers from Aston Villa and Norwich City for the transfer of Dwight Gayle.

Speaking to Holmesdale Radio, Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has explained why he could not accept offers for the sale of striker Dwight Gayle on the last day of the transfer window.

He said: “We did have a late bid from Norwich, but we couldn’t really take it seriously on the last day of the transfer window. We’ve got a lot of injuries in our strike force at the moment. Dwight is an important part of what we are doing as well and once Glenn [Murray] had gone there was no possibility of Dwight going anywhere.”

Glenn Murray left Palace to sign with Bournemouth early on transfer deadline, and Parish has admitted that the sale of the forward was the reason as to why Gayle was not allowed to leave the club.

This is despite the forward, 25, being the centre of interest for much of the summer, and even being the subject of two bids on deadline day.

Parish has confirmed that Norwich City made an approach for Gayle on the final day of the window, whilst it was reported by Sky Sports that Aston Villa had a bid rejected as well. Both bids from Villa and Norwich were rejected, and it is likely that if they had approached Palace earlier in the summer, Gayle would now be turning out at either Villa Park or Carrow Road.

It was expected that Gayle would leave Palace this summer, with manager Alan Pardew making it clear that he does not feature in his first-team plans for this season.

Gayle has managed just 45 minutes of Premier League action so far this term, as well as playing the full game in the League Cup victory over Shrewsbury Town, but due to the sale of Murray, it could be that the hot-shot striker starts to fight his way back into Pardew’s plans.

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