Ian Holloway happy with Dwight Gayle signing

Dagenham & Redbridge's Dwight Gayle on October 2, 2012
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Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has declared that the signing of striker Dwight Gayle is "a big statement".

Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway has declared that the signing of striker Dwight Gayle is "a big statement".

The 22-year-old joined the Premier League outfit from Peterborough United earlier this week for a fee of £4.5m.

Holloway has revealed that Gayle was one of the club's main transfer targets this summer.

He told the Croydon Advertiser: "The chairman and I sat down and put a few proposals together once we had got promoted, we bounced a few names and ideas off, and I have to say, Dwight was absolutely at the top of our list.

"It's a big statement. I think he's going to be hungry, I think he's got pace, he wants to score goals, he's going to learn and he suits us. He's pacy, he's exciting, he's fresh. He's hungry with a capital H, I think. People might think that's not a good enough signing for us, for example, but I think he's a perfect fit.

"He is a very, very genuine lad who wants to get better. I am absolutely delighted I've got him."

Gayle scored 13 goals in 29 games for Peterborough last season.

Dagenham & Redbridge's Dwight Gayle on October 2, 2012
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