Fulham look to be very much in the driving seat to secure the signing of Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle on a seaaon-long loan if reports are to be believed.
Following on from the arrival of Connor Wickham and Patrick Bamford, there has been plenty of chatter surroundng the immediate future of both Gayle and Glenn Murray, amidst supposed interest from a number of Premier League and Championship clubs.
For Gayle, a short-term move to Fulham would seem to make a great deal of sense on the face of things. Whilst it may not be the Premier League, Kit Symons’ side have every chance of challenging for a place in the top six next term without Dwight’s services, thanks to the presence of the always prolific Ross McCormack, but together, there would be scope for the Lillywhites to score a hatful of goals each week.
Perhaps it’s proof that Dwight climbed too far too soon, but despite ending both of his first two campaigns at Palace as the club’s top scorer, he has never found himself selected regularly by any of the managers he has worked under in SE25. Each one, when pressed have admitted that he is the best finisher on our books, but for a wide variety of reasons, his game has stuttered since the summer of 2013.
We can all hope that a move to Fulham will settle his head, offering the necessary grounding and experience for him to return to Selhurst Park as a more rounded striker than the one who leaves but given his struggles to date, you can’t help but wonder if this is the beginning of the end for Gayle in red and blue.
We shall see soon enough.