West Brom confirm offer made for Dwight Gayle – Turned down by Newcastle United
Only hours after the transfer window closed, West Brom have confirmed that they made a bid to sign Dwight Gayle.
Little wonder when he was their top goalscorer and player of the year last season.
Gayle scored 24 goals at a rate of one every 122 Championship minutes for the Baggies.
Slaven Bilic has revealed that whilst they bought Charlie Austin from Southampton for a reported £4m, it was not a deal instead of signing Dwight Gayle.
Having lost Rodriguez and of course Rondon now sold, with Gayle also out of the equation, no wonder they wanted the Newcastle man to head back.
When asked if they had tried to sign Dwight Gayle, the West Brom manager said: ‘We tried. I’m not going to lie. We tried with Dwight but it just didn’t happen. He was interested, of course. He enjoyed it here but it was very difficult and just didn’t happen.’
Birmingham Live report that the deal West Brom had turned down, was a loan fee for a year and then to buy him for a ‘significant sum’ next summer IF they got promoted.
Which was an understandable obstacle, as Newcastle would be loaning a player out with no control over that becoming a permanent transfer. Dwight Gayle turns 30 in October 2020 so could have ended up back at St James Park only a few months short of that birthday and a depreciating asset.
Another obstacle to Gayle moving out this window was revealed by Steve Bruce earlier today.
When asked about injuries the NUFC head coach said:
“With the ongoing problem with Yedlin, it was vitally important we strengthened in that area.
“Dwight Gayle has a calf injury and I haven’t even seen him train yet.
“Atsu hasn’t really featured with us at all; he’s got a knee injury. Everybody else is OK.”
Matt Ritchie believed to be now ok after a hamstring problem, although Steve Bruce apparently missing out Florian Lejeune who is still recovering from his operation.
Dwight Gayle played not a minute in the pre-season friendlies and going off what Steve Bruce is saying, it won’t be any time soon we see Gayle on the pitch.
With Carroll not involved until September at the very earliest, there is even more pressure on Joelinton.
Slaven Bilic asked about Dwight Gayle on Friday:
“We tried (to sign Dwight Gayle).
“I’m not going to lie.
“He made such a big impact.
“We needed a few strikers, that (attempt to sign Gayle) has nothing to do with Charlie Austin.
“We tried with Dwight but it just didn’t happen.
“It was really difficult and that’s it basically.
“He was interested, of course.
“He enjoyed it here but it was very difficult and just didn’t happen.”
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