Last Updated: Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:58
Crystal Palace are reportedly poised to sign Peterborough striker Dwight Gayle after the two clubs agreed a fee on Thursday evening.
Eagles' boss Ian Holloway has been looking to bring in a striker as a replacement for Glenn Murray, who is set to miss the club's upcoming first season back in the Premier League because of a serious knee injury he suffered in the play-off semi-final first leg against Brighton.
Established top-flight forwards such as West Brom's Peter Odemwingie and Aston Villa's Darren Bent have already been heavily linked with moves to Selhurst Park.
However it now appears that Holloway will take a gamble and offer 22-year-old Gayle a chance to play at the highest level after he bagged 13 goals for Posh following his initial loan move to London road from League Two side Dagenham & Redbridge in November.
Posh, who were relegated to League One in the final minute of the Championship season, paid £500,000 to sign Gayle permanently in the January transfer window.
Chairman Darragh MacAnthony slapped a £10m price tag on him earlier in the summer, but it's highly unlikely that the fee agreed will be anywhere near that for a player who is unproven in the Premier League.
Peterborough director of football Barry Fry has not verified the reports but previously acknowledged that Palace were one of the clubs interested in Gayle.
He added in the South London Press: "We don't want him to go. He is on a four-year contract but so many clubs are in for him that it is very difficult for us to stop a player from League One moving to the Premier League.
"It has got to be a good offer - then we'd reluctantly let him go to the Premier League."
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