Report: Bournemouth eye deal for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle

Dean Court

Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle has been linked with Bournemouth.

According to a report in the Mirror, Bournemouth are plotting a £6 million deal for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle in the upcoming January transfer window.

The Cherries have already brought in one striker from Palace this season, Glenn Murray moving to the South Coast in September following news of Callum Wilson’s long-term injury layoff.

Eddie Howe’s men have severely missed their top scorer from last season, and a failure to bolster their strike force in January could prompt an immediate return to the Championship.

According to the Mirror, Howe has made Gayle his January priority, with the report reading: “Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle is a £6million January target for Premier League strugglers Bournemouth.”

The former Peterborough United striker scored 10 goals in all competitions for Palace last season, with his most notable strike being his first of the campaign in a 3-3 draw at Newcastle United.

Gayle has been restricted to just a handful of appearances for the Eagles this season and boss Alan Pardew seemingly prefers the physical presence of Connor Wickham instead.

The 26-year-old is energetic, hard-working and certainly knows how to find the net – attributes which would make him an ideal short-term Wilson replacement and a solid investment for the future.

Bournemouth are currently in 19th position in the Premier League table, one point adrift of safety.

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