Norwich City looking to add Dwight Gayle on return to Premier League
We found out a week and a half ago that Dwight Gayle definitely wouldn’t be playing for West Brom next season (see below).
The question being though, for which club and in what division will the 28 year be turning out?
A striker who scores for fun in the Championship but who is yet to properly convince in the top tier.
Down in Norfolk, the local paper The Pink Un report that Dwight Gayle has made clear to his agent he wants to be playing in the Premier League and not the Championship in 2019/20.
They say that Norwich tried to sign Gayle in summer 2016 but the striker chose fellow relegated side Newcastle instead.
Dwight Gayle of course scoring 23 goals despite only 26 starts in that promotion season, including a dramatic hat-trick as Newcastle came from 3-1 down to beat Norwich at St James Park back in September 2016.
Both they (The Pink Un) and The Mail report new Norwich interest in signing Dwight Gayle this time.
Teemu Pukki was an inspired Daniel Farke free transfer signing last summer, ending up top scorer in the Championship last season with 29 goals.
Straight after promotion, Norwich arranged a loan secured on guaranteed Premier League income from the forthcoming season, to enable them to buy players now. However, the Norfolk based newspaper says that even despite that, the Norwich manager only has a transfer budget of £20m, most of which would surely be swallowed up if they did buy Dwight Gayle.
Like so much else at the minute at Newcastle United, Gayle’s future is up in the air.
Rafa Benitez didn’t want to lose him in summer 2018 but with Mike Ashley refusing to allow him to buy Salomon Rondon, the only way the NUFC manager could get Rondon was on a loan basis with Gayle heading in the opposite direction.
One thing is for sure and that is surely there is no chance of Dwight Gayle going out on loan again, he will either be in the Newcastle squad or sold to generate extra cash for (hopefully) Rafa Benitez, or whoever, to spend.
The Mag – 20 May 2019:
Dwight Gayle was forced to sit out the game that decided West Brom’s future.
Unlucky to be sent off in the first leg of the play-off semi-final after scoring in a 2-1 defeat at Aston Villa, the Newcastle loan striker was forced to sit and watch as the Baggies lost on penalties.
That shootout failure has also decided Gayle’s immediate future.
West Brom’s Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling revealing that a decision has been made now the loan spell is ending.
Dowling says that he knows it will be not what West Brom fans want to hear but they are definitely not buying Dwight Gayle.
The Sporting Director explaining: ‘Dwight’s contract is a Premier League contract. We will pay Premier League contracts but only when we are back in the Premier League.’
This is a massive blow for Baggies fans as they had named him player of the year, scorer of the goal of the season, after he finished top scorer with 24 Championship goals.
Hardly a massive surprise really, when you look at how West Brom approached the season just gone after relegation.
They only spent £11m last summer and made a £13m profit on transfers when selling £24m worth of players. The club’s recruitment revolving around two free transfers and seven loans, which included Dwight Gayle.
There had been much debate amongst Newcastle fans as to how West Brom’s play-off campaign would affect the chances of NUFC buying Salomon Rondon.
With now no possibility of a swap deal for Dwight Gayle, West Brom failing doesn’t appear to have helped.
West Brom’s Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling talking to BBC West Midlands about Dwight Gayle:
“Dwight’s contract is a Premier League contract.
“We will pay Premier League contracts but only when we are back in the Premier League.
“I know it won’t be the news Albion fans want to hear, but they need to trust us, and know we are doing everything right for this football club.
“We don’t want to keep players on big contracts and then have to lay off normal staff and make people redundant.
“We have good people behind the scenes.
“We want to do that and still have a really competitive wage bill on the pitch, which we will have next year.”
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