Dwight Gayle explains Newcastle United decision

Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle in action with Southampton's Victor Wanyama

Dwight Gayle recently joined Newcastle United from Crystal Palace in the summer transfer window.

Dwight Gayle scores the first goal for Crystal Palace

Dwight Gayle has explained to The Chronicle why he joined Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.

Gayle recently moved to Championship club Newcastle from Premier League outfit Crystal Palace.

According to The London Evening Standard, the Magpies had to pay as much as £10 million as transfer fee in order to secure the services of the 25-year-old striker.

The former Peterborough United man has explained his decision to leave Palace for Newcastle.

Gayle has admitted that he did wonder about dropping down a division, but he has stated that the size of Newcastle convinced him to make the switch to St. James’ Park.

Dwight Gayle scores the second goal for Crystal Palace

“My agent came to me, he said Newcastle were interested,” Gayle told The Chronicle regarding his move from Palace to Newcastle.

“Rafael Benitez was the manager and I spoke to a few ex-players who told me how good of a manager he was to work under and how good a coach he is.

“That drew me to the club and obviously I know how big the club is and how mad people are about the football up here. It was a ‘no brainer’ for me really.

“Maybe there was a little bit at the back of my mind about dropping back down to the Championship, but I was adamant I was coming here. It was the only club for me to join.”

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

Gayle scored three goals and created eight chances in 16 Premier League appearances for Palace during the 2015-16 season.

During the 2014-15 campaign, the former Peterborough striker scored five goals and created 16 chances in 25 league matches for the Eagles.

Back in 2013-14, Gayle scored four goals and created two chances in six Premier League games for Palace.

Newcastle will be aiming to finish in the top two of the Championship next season and gain automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

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

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch