Gosling excited to link up with old boss Holloway at Crystal Palace

OFF TO THE PALACE ... Newcastle's Dan Gosling.
OFF TO THE PALACE ... Newcastle's Dan Gosling.

DAN Gosling is set to leave Newcastle United to join Crystal Palace after he agreed personal terms with the Premier League new boys.

The midfielder will sign for the South London outfit subject to the clubs coming to an agreement over a transfer fee.

Gosling has had a frustrating three years on Tyneside, and the 23-year-old will now look for a change of luck when he is reunited with Ian Holloway at Selhurst Park.

Holloway gave Gosling his first-team debut for Plymouth Argyle at just 16, and will now be looking to help revive the midfielder’s career.

Gosling’s agent, David Hodgson, has confirmed personal terms have been agreed with Palace, with a move set to be completed as soon as a fee is agreed.

“He has had his talks with Crystal Palace and everything is agreed,” he told the Gazette. “We are not privy to how far (the clubs) are apart.

“The most important thing is for Dan to play football again and when your old manager comes in for you, and it is for a Premier League team, what better place to go?

“Ian Holloway gave him his debut at 16 and helped him play for England’s youth teams.

“Dan is going to join somebody who knows him inside out.

“Playing football is very, very important but finding the right glove to fit into is even more important.

“A permanent deal is the intention and all parties would be happy with that.”

Gosling is set to become the fourth fringe player to leave Newcastle this summer, after James Perch, Danny Simpson and Steve Harper.

It had been thought Gosling could be set for a loan move from St James’s Park, but Hodgson has insisted a permanent move is best for all concerned.

He added: “Dan returning to Newcastle (after a loan spell) would not prove anything because the quality of midfield would still be there and there would be new signings. A permanent deal is best for both parties.

“Perch has gone and he was probably one of Newcastle’s most consistent performers last season.

“Newcastle simply have the Premier League to focus on next season and so rotation is going to be limited.”

Hodgson admitted that Gosling was “blown away” by the size of Newcastle as a club, and will leave with a heavy heart at not having fulfilled his potential there.

“He would have liked to have done something spectacular to leave him in the hearts of Newcastle fans,” he continued.

“He was blown away by the magnitude of what Newcastle is about. That in itself was unbelievable.

“The adulation they get is second to none so they have probably made his time there enjoyable.

“He would have liked to have left the fans something to remember him by but, unfortunately, due to circumstances, that has not been the case.”