Bristol City are being forced into an agonising wait over their bid for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, as the player weighs up his options.
Whilst the Eagles have accepted an offer believed to be around the £8 million mark for the 25-year-old, the prospect of dropping into the Championship is thought to be a major concern for Dwight, who has proven himself to be more than capable of scoring regularly in the top flight.
Despite reports yesterday which suggested that the former Peterborough man had flat-out rejected the opportunity to move to Ashton Gate, we are still waiting for official confirmation on that front. Should he indeed say no to the Bristol move, Steve Cotterill is believed to be leaning towards making a move for Brentford’s Andre Gray, despite the Bees having been resolute in their desire to keep him all summer.
Regardless of the money involved, you can certainly empathise with Dwight if he is against the idea of dropping back into the second tier after finishing both of the last two season’s as the club’s top goalscorer. Admittedly, his style of play may no longer fit our tactical approach, but on a chance by chance basis, there really isn’t a better finisher on our books, which in itself has led to a degree of unrest amongst supporters.
He may well turn down the chance to move on over the next 24 hours, but I wouldn’t bet against another Premier League outfit making a play for him late on in the transfer window, such is his reputation as a goalscorer across the country.