Gayle and Townsend trade the colour of their stripes

Newcastle United have completed the signing of Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace on a five year contract, with the Magpies winger Andros Townsend moving in the opposite direction in a different deal.

After joining Palace from Peterborough for £6m in July 2013, Gayle scored 26 goals in 74 games for the South London club.

However the 25-year-old endured a frustrating 2015-16 season as he was only used sparingly by manager Alan Pardew, whereby Gayle started only 10 games and made the same number of substitute appearances. Nevertheless he still scored seven times, including a hat-trick in the third round of the League Cup against Charlton.

As an energetic, quick and hard working striker, Gayle undoubtedly has the potential to flourish in the Championship, with him revealing that he intends to do just that for Newcastle.

“I can’t wait to get started, prove myself and score the goals that will take us back to the Premier League,” revealed Gayle to the BBC, with the Magpies manager Rafa Benitez confident of that his new signing will be a success at St. James’ Park. “Dwight has a big personality, a lot of energy and pace. He is a good finisher also, so he will add goals to our squad, for sure.”

Whilst the fee Newcastle paid for Gayle is undisclosed, the club are understood to have received £13m from Palace for Andros Townsend. The former Tottenham winger, who only narrowly missed out on a place in England’s Euro 2016 squad, scored four goals in 13 appearances for Newcastle last season after moving to the club in January for £12m.

Blessed with excellent close control, pace and a powerfully accurate shot, Townsend is an extremely talented winger. As well as having played 93 games for Tottenham, he has had loan spells at nine other clubs, with each of those experiences serving as important aspects of his football education. He will now continue that at Palace, whose chairman Steve Parish is understandably delighted at having signed Townsend on a 5-year-contract.

“I can’t wait to see him in a red and blue shirt in the very near future,” Parish proclaimed to the BBC with his high valuation of Townsend testified by him having agreed to equal the highest transfer fee paid by the club to bring the England winger to Selhurst Park.

Specifically at £13m Townsend becomes the Eagles joint most expensive signing alongside former Newcastle midfielder Yohann Cabaye, who Palace signed from Paris-Saint Germain last September.

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