United Complete Gayle Capture
Written by Newcastle Utd
Newcastle United have completed the signing of striker Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace
By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United have completed the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace.
The 25-year-old striker arrives at St. James' Park for an undisclosed fee and has put pen to paper on a five-year deal.
Gayle began his professional career at Dagenham & Redbridge and spent time on loan at Bishop's Stortford and Peterborough United before joining the latter permanently in January 2013.
However, just six months later Palace made their move for the front man in a then-club record switch, and Gayle spent three seasons at Selhurst Park, finishing as the Eagles' top scorer in each of them and featuring in the 2016 FA Cup final at Wembley.
"It's a dream come true to be at a big club like this," said Gayle.
"Newcastle has a massive fan base and a great history so it is amazing to be here.
"I can't wait to get started, prove myself and score the goals that take us back up to the Premier League. It's where this Club belongs."
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez added: "Dwight is a great player, a proven goalscorer, and it is fantastic news that he has joined us.
"He has a big personality, a lot of energy and pace. He is a good finisher also, so he will add goals to our squad, for sure.
"He knows English football well, too, and that is important in the Championship.
"I am sure Dwight will want to prove he can make a big difference to our team and I am looking forward to working with him."