Dwight Gayle scores for Crystal Palace
According to a report from the Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa are again tracking Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle having pursued him under Tim Sherwood.
Gayle, 25, was on the books with Arsenal as a youngster, and having smashed 40 goals in just 42 games for non-league Stansted, he earned a move to Dagenham and Redbridge.
42 goals in 55 games on loan at Bishop Stortford earned him a chance in the Dagenham first team, and his seven goals in 20 games saw him catapult up the Football League to Peterborough United.
Gayle's 13 goals in 27 games for Peterborough meant that he earned a swift move to the Premier League with Crystal Palace in 2013, capping off a meteoric rise from non-league to the top flight in rapid time.
However, Gayle hasn't always been a first choice striker for Palace, and after seven goals this past season, the pacey forward has now hit 25 goals in just 74 games for the Eagles; a hugely impressive record for somebody deemed to be a backup at Selhurst Park.
Now though, with manager Alan Pardew looking for attacking reinforcements, the Birmingham Mail report that Aston Villa have been alerted to Gayle's availability this summer, having been interested in him last season.
It's claimed that former boss Tim Sherwood wanted Gayle and recommended him to Villa, but the club decided not to go for the striker as they went for Jordan Ayew and Rudy Gestede instead.
Villa are continuing to track Gayle though and could make a move for him as Palace look to move him on, but with new manager Roberto Di Matteo now at the helm, those plans could change in the coming weeks - but adding a striker of Gayle's quality would be a huge boost to Villa's hopes of winning promotion from the Championship.
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