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Done Deal: Newcastle Complete The Signing Of £10m Striker

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: New signing Dwight Gale poses for a photograph in the Home Dressing room wearing the New NUFC 2016/17 Kit at St.James' Park on June 30, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Despite being relegated to the Championship last season, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has retained his newfound penchant for actually spending money.

After years of frugality, Ashley finally invested in some new players last season – though it was not enough to save the team from slipping into the second tier of English football.

That said, there is finally some optimism around St. James’ Park, not least because manager Rafa Benítez decided to stay on and try to get them back up at the first attempt.

Having completed the £5m signing of Belgian goalkeeper Matz Sels from Gent on Wednesday, the Magpies have this morning confirmed the arrival of Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle, for an undisclosed fee but believed to be in the region of £10m.

The 25 year old has agreed a five year deal with the club

Ashley, never one to miss a marketing opportunity, also used this news to launch the new Newcastle home kit for the coming season.

Speaking to Newcastle’s in-house TV station having completed his move, Gayle stated how happy he was to be playing at a club this size (which should go down very well with Crystal Palace fans):

“It’s a dream come true to be at a big club like this,

“Newcastle has a massive fan base and a great history so it is amazing to be here.

“I can’t wait to get started, prove myself and score the goals that take us back up to the Premier League. It’s where this Club belongs.”

Gayle’s new manager Rafa Benítez also commented on the signing, outlining why he bought the player to the club:

“Dwight is a great player, a proven goalscorer, and it is fantastic news that he has joined us.

“He 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.

“He knows English football well, too, and that is important in the Championship.”

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - JUNE 30: New signing Dwight Gale poses for a photograph holding a named shirt pitch side of St.James' Park  on June 30, 2016 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. (Photo by Serena Taylor/Newcastle United via Getty Images)

Gayle joined Crystal Palace in 2013 from Peterborough for a reported fee of £4.5m. He went on to score 25 goals in 74 games for the Selhurst Park side, but was unable to nail down a starting place under manager Alan Pardew due to a series of niggling injuries.

In a separate development, Andros Townsend has completed his move in the opposite direction. Palace triggered his £13m release clause on Thursday, and Newcastle confirmed the departure of the England international this morning.

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