Palace seeking to extend Gayle contract

Date published: Tuesday 29th September 2015 12:16

Crystal Palace are keen to extend the deal of Dwight Gayle despite the striker struggling for game time at Selhurst Park, according to the Guardian.

Gayle nearly left Premier League Palace twice during the summer transfer window, with Championship side Bristol City having a £9million bid accepted and Norwich making an offer on deadline day. Gayle refused to drop down a division to join newly-promoted City, while Palace rebuffed Norwich’s offer as it was too late to secure a replacement.

Signed for a then club-record fee of £3.5million from Peterborough in 2013, the 25-year-old has struggled for regular game time under Alan Pardew, with Connor Wickham preferred in a central striking role.

However, Gayle was handed a chance to impress from the start against Watford at the weekend after scoring a Capital One Cup hat-trick against Charlton in midweek.

The Guardian report that although Gayle still has two years remaining on his current contract, Palace are keen to extend his deal by a further two years after securing fresh terms with Yannick Bolasie, Scott Dann and James McArthur.

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