Premier League

Palace medical for Gayle

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Fri, 28 Jun 2013 17:51:00

Emir Spahic has completed his move from Sevilla to Bayer Leverkusen for an undisclosed fee.

The 32-year-old defender spent two years with the Spanish outfit, but saw out the latter part of last season on loan at Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

It was the Bosnian international's third spell in Russia, having previously played for Torpedo Moscow and Lokomotiv Moscow.

Bayer, third in last season's Bundesliga, have moved swiftly to add Spahic to their ranks.

Premier League new boys Palace agreed an undisclosed fee for Gayle on Thursday and they were given permission to hold talks with the player.

Terms are thought to have been agreed and Gayle is now having a medical as he closes in on a move to Selhurst Park, Sky Sports understands.

Gayle impressed at Peterborough last season after arriving initially on loan from Dagenham & Redbridge before making the move permanent in January.

The 22-year-old scored 13 goals in 29 games for Peterborough, but they were always facing a battle to keep him following their relegation to League One.

A number of clubs, including Fulham, have been linked with Gayle, but it appears Palace are on the verge of landing the former Arsenal youngster.

Palace are also close to signing former West Brom winger Jerome Thomas with the free agent also undergoing a medical at Selhurst Park as Ian Holloway looks to make the pair his first signings of the summer as he prepares for life in the Premier League.

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