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Are Norwich City About To Raid Palace For Their 18-Goal Striker?

According to The Mirror, Norwich City are the latest club to declare an interest in Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle as the new Premier League season rapidly approaches.

The 25-year-old has scored 18 goals in 55 appearances since joining the Eagles in the summer of 2013, but has been unable to maintain a regular starting place under any of the four managers he’s worked under so far, with Glenn Murray having been preferred to him at the back end of the last campaign by Alan Pardew.

Although no club have made an official bid for him as of yet, Gayle has supposedly been on the radar of Bournemouth and Wolves for a number of months, with the Canaries now getting in on the act a few weeks later, with the potential for a place in their starting XI potentially on offer to the former Peterborough man.

Despite the fact that Gayle has never been able to secure a consistent run of games at Selhurst Park, few would deny that when presented with a sight of goal, he is the most clinical finisher at the club by some distance, possessing the goalscoring instincts many attributed to Ian Wright when he first burst onto the scene in SE25 in the same side as our now manager Alan Pardew.

Unfortunately for Dwight, his game doesn’t appear to be well suited to occupying the role of a lone striker, with his inability to impose himself physically on the towering centre-backs throughout the division proving to be a hinderance to his chances of success.

When played the ball to feet, he can be lethal, as he has shown on more than one occasion, but if Pardew doesn’t feel that we will be playing in a manner which will allow him to flourish over the next nine months, he may well sanction his departure before going in search of a frontman with a bigger frame.

There will be plenty, myself included who would be absolutely gutted to see Gayle leave, but depending on the tactical approach we will be looking to employ over the next few years under Pardew, Gayle’s continued presence in the first-team could well be viewed as a square peg in a round hole.

Only time will tell.

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Are Bournemouth & Norwich Preparing A £5 Million Bid For Glenn Murray?

Glenn Murray is supposedly a transfer target for Bournemouth and Norwich City this summer, with both hoping that Alan Pardew’s search for a new striker will push the Cumbrian far enough down the pecking order to make him think twice about staying at Selhurst Park.  According to the report in The Mirror, Palace value the former Brighton man at £5 million, with both interested clubs almost certainly happy to consider stumping up the cash after Murray’s fine form in front of goal for the Eagles last season.  With the likes of Loic Remy, Charlie Austin, Mattia Destro and Dame N’Doye having all been linked with moves to SE25 in the last two weeks, there is no doubt that the Palace hierarchy are on the lookout for another goalscorer to bolster our attacking options, but with Murray having been so regularly used by Alan Pardew from January onwards, you would assume there’s still a key role for him within the squad.  You will struggle to find a single Palace fan who is happy at the prospect of losing Murray, particularly to a side who will be providing direct competition to us next season, but for the man himself, it is no doubt comforting to know that there is interest in him from a number of top flight outfits.  Given his intelligence and understanding of what is required when playing the role of a lone striker, it would understandably be viewed as a foolish and short-sighted move to let him go; particularly when you take a look at the options directly below him, all of which have failed to prove good enough to start in the Premier League from week to week.  Hopefully, it’s just paper talk, as so much of the chatter is over the course of the summer. Whilst fans are usually unhappy at the prospect of most first-team players leaving, the potential sadness attached to Glenn Murray’s departure is far more extreme, with the impact he’s had on the club’s supporters since signing in 2011 proving to be difficult to quantify.   For rolling news and comment on everything happening at Crystal Palace FC, follow Hopkin Looking To Curl One… on twitter by clicking here…

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