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Alan Pardew Slaps A £10 Million Price-Tag On Striker’s Shoulders

According to a report in The Sun, Bournemouth have been put off in their pursuit of Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, after Alan Pardew placed a £10 million valuation on the striker’s head.

Whilst the Cherries were supposedly more than happy to part with £6 million for the former Peterborough man, the paper claims that Pardew was keen to take Callum Wilson as part of the deal, which unsurprisingly, was met with a flat denial by Eddie Howe after the season his frontman has had.

Although Gayle has struggled to bed in well under Pardew’s management, there is no doubt that he is capable of scoring regularly at Premier League level if given the correct opportunities, making him a valuable commodity in any market and ensuring that the club will not let him move on cheaply, if indeed he is to leave at all.

It had looked as though Gayle was set to become a pivotal member of the first-team when Pardew first arrived in SE25, following a penalty in a home victory over Tottenham, followed by a massive brace away at Burnley, where his second goal of the afternoon secured a huge come-from-behind win over Sean Dyche’s men in the snow and fleet.

Towards the end of the season though, Dwight looked to be being frozen out of the squad by Pardew ahead of an imminent summer departure, without even being given a place on the bench for most of our final run of league games in April or May.

Now, it seems as though, whilst the club remain willing to let him leave if there is a team serious enough about him to make a bid, he will be far from going on the cheap, it looks as if Pardew and the board will negotiate hard with any interested party.

It makes sense in many ways, with an almost cast-iron guarantee that if he is to play against us for someone else next season, he is bound to score a big goal or two, such is his habit of finding the back of the net at the most dramatic of moments.

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Cardiff & Wolves’ Link To Palace’s Dwight Gayle Makes Little Sense

Since the conclusion of the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, there has been plenty of talk in the media regarding the future of striker Dwight Gayle, who has struggled for first-team appearances since the arrival of Alan Pardew.

It doesn’t take a genius to realise that, as a consequence of our tactical style under the new boss, Gayle is likely to be one of the players who consistently misses out on a starting role, regardless of his goal return in both of his first two seasons in SE25. With that in mind, it is with something of a heavy heart that we should probably be happy for the 24-year-old to move on to pastures new.

First, it seemed as though top flight newcomers Bournemouth were the favourites for his signature, bounding into the Premier League with the fresh-faced enthusiasm and innocence of a newborn puppy, they looked to be a good match for Gayle on the surface, with Eddie Howe’s possession-based philosophy having every chance of honing in on Dwight’s strengths.

In recent days though, the transfer rumour mill has churned out two far less obvious names, in the guise of Cardiff City and Wolverhampton Wanderers, who, most would assume, simply couldn’t afford to splash the sort of cash needed to take him off our hands.

Whist there is little doubt that Pardew would be happy to shift Gayle on, should the price be right, the chances of us allowing someone as prolific as him to leave for anything less than £4 million seem slim, which begs the question of whether or not either club could even dream of forking out that sort of sum on a single player, given their league status.

Forgetting the fact that Dwight himself is probably keen to remain in the top flight if at all possible, there are surely no clubs in the Championship or below who can feasibly spend that much money in one hit and remain on an even financial keel, regardless of their historical stature or the personal wealth of their superstitious owner.

The madness of the summer transfer window is just getting underway, but if this story is anything to go by, it promises to be a long and utterly bemusing few months.

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