Club’s “best finisher” going nowhere, insists Crystal Palace chief

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has insisted that the Eagles will not be selling striker Dwight Gayle this summer as speculation surrounding the 25-year-old’s future at Selhurst Park continues.

Gayle is believed to be a target for Premier League new boys Bournemouth and Norwich, and with the hitman facing increased competition for a starting place at Palace ahead of the upcoming season following the loan signing of Patrick Bamford from league champions Chelsea, he may look elsewhere for regular first-team action.

However while speaking to TalkSport, Palace chairman Parish claimed Gayle still has a future in south east London, adding that he has been impressed by what he has seen of the player in training and that Eagles boss Alan Pardew is pleased with his performances.

“He is looking really good in training and Alan is very pleased with him,” Parish said.

“Dwight is a fantastic goalscorer and probably the best finisher at the club. Glenn (Murray) would probably argue with that but they are neck and neck I think.”

Gayle staked his claim for a place in the Palace starting eleven by netting a hat-trick in a recent 5-3 pre-season friendly win over Barnet.