Alan Pardew explains why Dwight Gayle stayed with Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace striker Gayle was wanted by Aston Villa and Norwich City.

Gayle was expected to leave Crystal Palace over the summer transfer window, but Alan Pardew has told a press conference that he will now be given chances, having stayed at the club due to the sale of Glenn Murray.

Sky Sports claimed on transfer deadline day that Aston Villa had an offer rejected to sign him, whilst Gayle was also linked with Norwich City, according to the Mirror.

However, Pardew has claimed that the sale of Murray to Bournemouth on deadline day meant that Palace could not sanction the departure of another striker.

Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford are ahead of Gayle in the pecking order, but he is now guaranteed third choice, whilst with Murray around he would have been even further out of the picture.

The 25-year-old is proven in the Premier League, and Pardew will face no trouble now selecting him for action, and the head coach believes that Gayle is happy to still be at Selhurst Park.

The main reason he wanted to leave during the summer was due to a lack of playing time, but now with Murray gone, Gayle is sure to feature more and more as the season progresses.

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