With speculation swirling over the immediate future of Dwight Gayle, there are some suggestions that the reported fee of £6 million has an added bonus written into it for the striker’s current employers.
Whilst the fee alone has shocked a fair few, there are a number of news outlets suggesting that the Robins have also offered to scrap the 15% sell on clause attached to Yannick Bolasie in exchange for Gayle.
Of course, at the time of writing Palace are thought to have no interest whatsoever in letting the winger leave SE25, but with a supposed price tag of more than £20 million on the DR Congo international’s shoulders, a deal along those lines could bank the club an extra £3-4 million in the future.
In line with such a move, it would essentially see Palace making a profit on Gayle, after paying an initial £4 million to Peterborough for him in the summer of 2013, but even so, the man himself has to decide whether or not he’s prepared to drop a division to guarantee first-team football.
Many have voiced concerns over where Gayle’s departure would leave the club in the long-term, given Glenn Murray’s advancing years, Patrick Bamford’s loan agreement, Marouane Chamakh’s injury troubles and Fraizer Campbell’s limited game time to date, but we must remember that Dwight’s stay at Selhurst Park has never seen him given a prolonged run of starts.
£6 million alone sounds tempting in such circumstances, but with the added caveat involving Yannick Bolasie, the club’s willingness to let the striker leave becomes instantly clearer.