Report: Fulham join Newcastle in race for Gayle

Dwight Gayle scores the first goal for Crystal Palace

Reports suggest Fulham joined Newcastle United in pursuit of the Crystal Palace hitman.

Dwight Gayle celebrates with teammates after scoring the first goal for Crystal Palace

Fulham have entered the race to sign Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, according to The Mail.

The 25-year-old appears to have been deemed surplus to requirements with the Premier League side, who want £11 million for him nonetheless.

Stoke City's Glenn Whelan in action with Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle

Newcastle United are also said to be interested but The Mail report that the Cottagers will rival their new Championship rivals for his signature.

Gayle, who started just eight Premier League games last term, still finished the season as Palace's top goalscorer and he may well be a huge asset in the second tier.

Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle is dejected after losing the final

But £11 million seems quite high and there is a chance that Newcastle and Fulham will leave the table if Palace aren't flexible as far as negotiating goes.

Newcastle definitely need a prolific goalscorer if they are to escape the Championship at the first time of asking next season.

Of course, Rafael Benitez has the likes of Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrovic in his ranks, but neither have played in the Championship and neither are guaranteed to want to drop down a division.

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez during the press conference

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