Gayle still set for Daggers return in January

As it stands there is no deal for striker Dwight Gayle to join Peterborough on a permanent deal despite his fine form in the Championship.

Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still insists, at this time, Dwight Gayle will still be returning to Daggers in January.

The 23-year-old striker has made the switch from League Two to Championship football at a canter, scoring four goals in five games for Peterborough United since arriving on loan from Daggers in November.

That also included one in their shock 2-1 win at league leaders Cardiff City on Saturday and the Posh have expressed an interest in keeping him at London Road for the season.

Still insists the only deal that currently exists sees Gayle return after Posh’s clash with Barnsley on New Year’s Day.

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“Dwight has done ever so well,” said Still of the striker’s form at Peterborough.

“He is still learning and he is gaining a lot of experience at a higher level.

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“But there is no deal in place at the moment which will see Dwight stay at Peterborough after January, it’s not been discussed.

“We wanted to keep him for this season, but Peterborough came in with a really good deal, which included him coming back in January and that is the only deal I am aware of at this stage in time.

“Someone could come in with an offer and change our mind, but in January Dwight will come back.”

Gayle’s form is likely to have alerted other clubs if no deal between Daggers and Peterborough has been agreed.

But Posh boss Darren Ferguson remains confident of securing a permanent deal for the striker.

“I don’t know if there is anything in agreement, but it’ll be a brave man to try and take him off us now I have to say,” Ferguson said on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire after their win at Cardiff. “I am sure he’ll stay with us now. He listens and he picks things up quickly which is a sign of a good player.

“He he was a real threat for their (Cardiff’s) centre-halves, no question about that. He is going to be a really good player.”

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