Villa keen on Eagles star

Aston Villa have joined Newcastle in the race to sign Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle as doubts continue to surround his future.

Crystal Palace: Villa keen on Eagles starCrystal Palace: Villa keen on Eagles star

Gayle came close to leaving Selhurst Park last summer but he turned down a move to Bristol City in favour of fighting for his place in the Palace first-team.

The striker again struggled for regular action, although injuries did not help, and when he was given a chance in the starting eleven he often produced the goods.

Palace boss Alan Pardew has always insisted Gayle is in his future plans, but that does little to stop speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

Newcastle are known to be in the hunt and there has been talk of a potential swap deal involving Magpies winger Andros Townsend, and now Villa are also said to be keen.

Both clubs need more firepower as they look to win promotion straight back to the Premier League and Gayle is sure to get goals in the Championship.

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