By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle tried to sign Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle from Peterborough during the 2012-13 campaign, according to Darragh MacAnthony.
The high profile Peterborough chairman made the revelation as the Magpies finalised a £10million deal to make Gayle their second signing of the summer window following the capture of goalkeeper Matz Sels on Wednesday morning.
MacAnthony revealed via his personal Twitter account that Newcastle had Gayle on their shortlist three years ago.
Gayle spent just over half a season at London Road but his performances quickly attracted the attention of top-flight clubs.
The outspoken MacAnthony claims that both Norwich and Newcastle were interested in the-then Posh striker who ended up moving to Palace in the summer of 2013.
Ironically, the Newcastle boss at the time was current Palace manager Alan Pardew.
Gayle has finished as Palace’s top scorer in each of the three seasons he has spent at Selhurst Park, but he is now on the brink of a move to the Tyneside club.
The Magpies believe that Gayle is the man who can fire them to an immediate promotion from the Championship.
The 25-year-old forward is close to finalising a £10million transfer from Palace and a deal could be completed within the next 24 hours.
Gayle has spent much of the 2015-16 season on the periphery at Selhurst Park and featured in just 20 games, scoring seven and assisting one along the way.
The Palace number 16 started his footballing career at Stansted before moves to Dagenham & Redbridge and Peterborough lead him to Palace, where he scored 15 goals in 27 starts in three seasons.
In other Newcastle news, the Magpies north-east rivals Middlesbrough are plotting a shock move for Tim Krul.