Aston villa is reported to be interested in signing Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gayle this summer. Villa who were relegated to the lower league last season have been keeping tabs on the player who is set to leave Palace this summer.

Not just Villa, Newcastle also reportedly want the player.

The 25-year-old is reported to be looking away from the club as opportunities at Selhurst Park have increasingly been limited. He started just eight Premier League games under Alan Pardew in the last campaign and with the coach still looking out for reinforcements up front, the player would have increased competition next season.

English Championship side Villa want to return back to top flight football as soon as possible hence they want the services of Gayle. They scouted him and are certain since he has scored 27 goals despite making just 34 total starts during his three years at the club.

Roberto Di Matteo is reported to be planning £50 million reinforcements ahead of the coming season. The Italian tactician has also been linked with a move for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford though they are sure to face competition from Newcastle and Norwich, where the 22-year-old spent last season on loan.

Di Matteo, who has a tough task of returning Villa to the Premier League in just one season, is giving priority to the striker position.

While looking for talents to add, he will believed to be keen on retaining top scorer Jordan Ayew, though the Ghana international has been receiving offers from other clubs. Villa netted just 27 goals in the Premier League last season and need more to achieve their aim.

They even promised the incoming coach a two million Pounds bonus to spur him on.