Windfall for Daggers if Gayle leaves Peterborough
PUBLISHED: 16:17 18 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:17 18 May 2013
Daggers boss Wayne Burnett back Gayle to succeed in Premier League if move arises.
Dagenham & Redbridge boss Wayne Burnett believes former striker Dwight Gayle has the potential to go all the way – and a summer move away from Peterborough could land Daggers a potential windfall.
Gayle played just 18 games for the Victoria Road side, notching seven goals in that time, before a record breaking £470,000 move to the Championship with Posh.
A November loan deal was made permanent in January as the 22-year-old scored seven goals in six games, and he went on to finish the campaign with 13 goals in the Championship.
That wasn’t good enough to keep them up, though, as they lost out to Crystal Palace in injury time on the final day of the season, with Gayle conceding the free kick which led to the goal which sent Posh down.
Potential suitors for Gayle are believed to include relegated QPR and Premier League sides Aston Villa and Norwich.
It is believed Daggers have a 20 per cent sell-on clause on Gayle, if the former Arsenal schoolboy was to leave London Road for more than the amount originally paid by Peterborough.
And if a Premier League or Championship club were to sign Gayle, Burnett can only see the former Dagger improving.
“Dwight is an exciting talent and would be a great addition for any side,” said Burnett.
“It would be fantastic if he does move because he listens all the time and put in a lot of hard work while he was here.
“He was always staying late after training doing extra work, and you could see he was committed. He’s an example all young players could learn a lot from. He is a talent and he will only get better.
“I don’t think it is my position to talk about the finances but it would be good news.”
Burnett took the difficult decision to release out of contract players Sam Williams, Ben Strevens, Kevin Maher and Dominic Green last week, but the Daggers boss is expecting no new arrivals at the club until June at the earliest.
“I can’t see much happening until the start of June, we’ll have to wait and see, but we can’t get in a bidding war with anyone, as we can’t compete with most of them,” he added.
“Some player’s demands at this stage are unrealistic and their agents are demanding too much without realising the situation most clubs find themselves in.
“As the summer goes on a sense of realisation sets in and they don’t want to be out of the professional game and they’ll take a wage cut to stay in the game.”
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