The last 48 hours have seen many headlines and much debate about a potential Dwight Gayle move to China.
The Newcastle striker currently on loan at West Brom but claimed to be set for a move…next summer.
The international break is a perfect breeding ground for this type of nonsense, newspapers desperate to get attention.
A transfer story that any newspaper could write about pretty much any player, with no substance whatsoever.
The problem is though that a bit like…Chinese whispers, the tale gets better with the telling each time, each successive newspaper happy to not concentrate too much on how feeble the original ‘source’ of the story was.
On this occasion it was The Sunday People, running the story that after scoring a few goals in the Championship for West Brom, Dwight Gayle is now wanted by a number of (unnamed) Chinese clubs, all keen to sign him…next summer. With wages of £200,000 set to be offered…
If any Chinese club had wanted the striker, they could have bought him just last month!
So instead we are supposed to believe that suddenly there are any number of Chinese clubs, that the newspaper has supposedly information on…that they will be making offers for Gayle in nine or ten months time.
Following on from the original Sunday People ‘story’, there have been headlines such as these elsewhere…
‘Shock report suggests Dwight Gayle’s Newcastle days could be numbered’
‘On-loan Newcastle star Dwight Gayle to be offered £200,000 deal to move to Chinese Super League’
‘How West Brom fans have reacted to Dwight Gayle to China links’
The headlines above include ones from the Chronicle and Birmingham Mail, coincidentally both also owned by the same company (Reach – formerly known as Trinity Mirror) as The Sunday People.
Much ado about nothing.
Recent stats showed that Rafa Benitez had been the fifth most talked about Premier League manager on social media (Twitter) so far this season, newspapers know that Newcastle United stories sell.
Rafa more mentioned than Pep Guardiola in those social media stats.
With the way Mike Ashley has went on, it would be difficult for even the most rubbish newspapers to try and run stories claiming Newcastle are suddenly going to be significantly active in the transfer market, so selling players is a safer option for stories, although even then we are now running out of players that any other club would be interested in.
Tough times for Newcastle fans at the minute but at least the club will generate fortunes when they sell Dwight Gayle to China next season, or alternatively we can look forward to Gayle returning to help us in our third promotion campaign (so far) under Mike Ashley…