Report: Crystal Palace and Swansea line up swap deal, involving Gomis and Gayle

The Crystal Palace Eagle

Crystal Palace’s Dwight Gayle and Swansea City’s Bafetimbi Gomis could be swapping clubs.

According to a report in The Sun, Crystal Palace and Swansea City are in deep discussions over a potential striker swap deal involving Dwight Gayle and Bafetimbi Gomis.

The report claims that both clubs are willing to conclude a deal while both players are keen to leave their respective clubs, though there is one potential hiccup in regards to the value of each player.

“Both clubs are willing to exchange the players although Palace value 25-year-old Gayle at £10million. Yet Gomis has a £7m release clause meaning his value is less,” the report says.

Gomis, 30, has been on the peripherals of the Swansea first-team of late, starting their crunch game against Watford on Monday night on the bench with the Swans opting not to field a recognised striker.

His situation has caused speculation over his future at the Liberty Stadium, and suitors aren’t short in supply as both Newcastle United and Sunderland have been accredited with an interest, The Sun say.

Palace are seemingly intent on bolstering their striking options this month, and boss Alan Pardew is particularly keen on a real target man who can link-up with the Eagles’ flying wingers.

Gayle, despite being a very capable player, doesn’t fit the profile as a lone centre-forward who likes to drop deep and link play resulting in a lack of games at Selhurst Park.

The 25-year-old is another who will be seen as a very intriguing proposition by both Championship and Premier League sides, not least Swansea who are desperate for more goals up top.

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