Newcastle United now prepared to sell Dwight Gayle and name price – report
Dwight Gayle could finally be on his way to regular football according to a report on Monday.
A journalist close to Steve Bruce, says that whilst Newcastle United aren’t supposedly actively looking to sell the 29 year old, they will if they get an acceptable offer.
Luke Edwards of The Telegraph says that the club have indicated that if a bid of £15m+ is made, they will take the money.
That is with the proviso that Newcastle have somebody lined up to replace Dwight Gayle.
Edwards says that the club don’t think anybody will be prepared to pay that £15m+ figure but if they do, he says the club have privately made clear that they do have a shortlist of strikers who they believe they could replace him with.
The report says that West Brom, Leeds, and Forest have all registered their interest in trying to boost their promotion hopes, whilst Stoke are also believed to be interested in helping their survival hopes.
Not surprisingly, all the interested clubs would like an initial loan deal with an option to buy, but quite rightly the man from The Telegraph says Newcastle are refusing to entertain that idea. It would have to be a case of buying Dwight Gayle so that Newcastle could then buy a replacement striker Steve Bruce would want to play.
Bruce has only given Gayle 44 minutes in brief sub appearances so far and it would be a massive surprise to see the Head Coach dropping the £40m striker who Mike Ashley insisted had to be bought this summer gone. Plus, it is doubtful that Dwight Gayle would be suited to playing the kind of roles Saint-Maximin and Almiron are being asked to do.
Dwight Gayle needs to be playing at the top of the pitch and with his last two seasons in the Championship bringing 47 goals in 60 starts (plus 12 sub appearances), it is a massive selling point for a striker who would/could surely all but guarantee promotion for teams at the top of the Championship.
Leeds are top but maybe they and Forest (currently fourth) could best use the NUFC striker, as of the top six they have scored the least goals, Leeds with 28 and Forest only 24. West Brom are second and are top scorers with 35, looking the least desperate for extra firepower.
Stoke have very rich owners who could easily afford the transfer fee and wages BUT they are having serious issues with the FFP rules, due to spending in recent times.
In the real world, surely this is the time to sell Dwight Gayle.
A sale was impossible in the summer as he was injured from when Steve Bruce arrived but definitely a move would suit him and Newcastle now.
He turns 30 in October and has only one more year left on his contract after this season, so probably the last chance to maximise a return.
It looks to me as though this is a case of Newcastle putting the striker up for sale to see if there are any takers.
Always a possibility as well that one of the struggling teams in the Premier League could take an interest, Watford (9 goals) are the only club to have scored fewer goals than Newcastle (13) and with a new manager set to be appointed, could take an interest, Chris Hugton the hot favourite to get that job.
Obviously selling to a relegation rival could prove a bit more difficult to consider.
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