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Holloway hails new striker

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is confident Dwight Gayle will handle the step up to the Premier League after buying the striker from Peterborough for £4.5m.

Last Updated: 03/07/13 at 18:28 Post Comment

Dwight Gayle: Ian Holloway excited by striker's arrival at Crystal Palace

Dwight Gayle: Ian Holloway excited by striker's arrival at Crystal Palace

The 22-year-old, who was with Arsenal as a youngster, was playing in the Essex Senior League with Stansted until 2011.

And he only turned professional with Dagenham and Redbridge 12 months ago after scoring 29 goals during a loan spell at Conference North outfit Bishop's Stortford.

But Gayle then made a major impact last season with 20 goals in total for the Daggers and Peterborough, who he joined initially on loan in November, to catch Holloway's eye.

Holloway said: "I'm absolutely delighted. I was very annoyed when we didn't get him last year, to be honest.

"But now it makes a huge statement for us and it proves that I don't care where I get my people from. I believe it's about how good you're going to be, not just how good you are already.

"I think this fella has got Crystal Palace stamped all over him - the way he moves, the way he chases, the way he works. He's hungry for success and I'm absolutely thrilled that after long conversations we've come up with, I think, a proper Palace player.

"He's got an opportunity now to go and enjoy his football and I think he'll score goals at Premier League level, I really do. He's born to score goals."

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