Exclusive – Crystal Palace striker rejects £8m Championship switch

first_img1 Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle has turned down the chance to join Championship side Bristol City, talkSPORT understands.The ambitious Robins are willing to spend big to make an impact this season following their return to the second tier, and manager Steve Cotterill is keen to add firepower to his squad and identified Gayle as his main target.City agreed an extraordinary fee of around £8million for the 24-year-old hitman, who has fallen down the pecking order at Selhurst Park following the arrivals of Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford this summer and was an unused substitute in the opening day win at Norwich.But Gayle, the Eagles’ top scorer last season with ten goals, has rejected a move back down from the Premier League.The former non-league striker joined Palace from League One Peterborough in 2013 for a then club record fee of £6m.There have been reports Gayle will be removed from Palace’s first-team squad and made to train with the Under-21s if he refused to join Bristol City, but the player is refusing to be pushed out.last_img read more