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Is This Striker Newcastle’s Next Signing This Week?

10:41 pm, Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 45 Comments

There are various reports that 25 year-old Dwight Gayle could be next through the door at Newcastle, following the signing of 24 year-old Gent goalkeeper Matz Sels, who had his medical at Newcastle on Tuesday.

We are assuming there are no hitches and Sels will sign for Newcastle on Wednesday.

If the reports on Gayle is accurate it means Newcastle must have thought that 29 year-old Ross McCormack was too expensive at £15M, but that assumes the reports his release clause in his Fulham contract was for that amount.


Dwight Gayle – 25 year-old Crystal Palace striker

There has been recent news that Aston Villa are looking to make an £11M bid for the striker.

Most Newcastle fans didn’t think Ross was worth £15M.

Is Ross McCormack Worth £15M To Newcastle?

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We’d prefer to have McCormack to Gayle – who we don’t rate very highly – although Rafa must see something in the striker/winger – and he can put the ball into the back of the net.

Newcastle are said to have already agreed personal terms with Dwight Gayle, and the deal will hopefully be closed this week, although there is still work to do on both sides.

There is also interest in Gayle from Fulham, Sheffield Wednesday and some other Championship clubs, but Dwight is keen to join Rafa Benitez on Tyneside and certainly Rafa will make Dwight into a better player.

That’s because Rafa is an extremely experienced manager who sees the strengths (and weaknesses) in players and works to utilize their strengths to the team’s advantage.

Alan Pardew didn’t seem to rate the 25 year-old and he hardly gave the lad a chance once Alan joined Crystal Palace from Newcastle eighteen months ago.

We would be happy enough to have Dwight at Newcastle, but he’s a bit expensive at £10M.

The price seems high, but transfer prices are going up this summer with the massive new three year deal starting for the Premier League TV rights next season.

In three seasons at Crystal Palace Gayle has scored 25 goals in 74 total appearances, but only 6 of those have come in his 16 Premier League appearances.

But he should be able to get goals for us in the Championship.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target

45 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jail for Ashley // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:50 PM

    I didn’t pull you I just pointed it out in case you thought he’d been sacked. What are my many errors btw?

  • 2 Bobbybee // Jun 28, 2016 at 10:52 PM

    Another surprise? He is rapid like, so maybe Gayle, Arma Aarons would be a lightening attack? I find this one odd and will wait and see if it’s genuine first. WaiT n see.

  • 3 welshgeordie9 // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:01 PM


    How quick is Gayle, is he like Townsend, haven’t seen much of him.

  • 4 Bobbybee // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Breathing? 😉 🙂 my mistake, i thought you were having a dig. The breathing thing was a joke as well. It’s just a shame that i automatically think the worst because of previous behaviour. I have noticed an improvement lately to be fair. Friendly advice? The multiples thing? Getting really boring. Face it, if anybody genuinely does have many accounts, should we not pity them, not pick on them? They must have serious problems. I know it ain’t just you, just making a point that’s all. And the last bit? We ALL make mistakes! 😉

  • 5 Novocastrian66 // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:07 PM

    I like Gayle. I think he would be a decent signing.

  • 6 Bobbybee // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:09 PM

    Welshie, not sure side by side, but they’re both sharp. Not a prolific scorer though, so can’t see him coming in as a striker – maybe winger. Have to wait n see if it’s true yet though. Rafa likes to keep things quiet.

  • 7 welshgeordie9 // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:10 PM

    So Liverpool have signed mane from Southampton for around 36 million quid, don’t they ever learn paying out big money forwards that haven’t worked out, good player but he’s not worth that.

  • 8 YoungMagpieFromBurnley // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:13 PM

    Been ages since my last post and to be honest in my absence I was really hoping that people would have moved on from the multiples thing. Guess not. Cheerio.

  • 9 welshgeordie9 // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:13 PM


    I’m thinking with all reports he will probably be the one to replace Townsend and still sign a forward, be pissed off if that happens i wouldn’t swap Townsend for Gayle.

  • 10 jimmysmith // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:28 PM

    Yeah, he is a good player. Would most likely do very well for us in the Championship. The Premiership? Not a top half epl striker on past achievement, but you’d likely get your money back anyway, come the time, maybe more.

  • 11 welshgeordie9 // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:33 PM

    Hey guys has anyone seen the True Geordies new video about England getting knocked out, just watched it now and I’ve got to say wow, that’s got to be his biggest rant ever, you have got to watch it,

  • 12 welshgeordie9 // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:34 PM

    Should have sent him to France and sort those players out in the changing room.

  • 13 Bobbybee // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:42 PM

    I’ll take Gayle, though given a choice between Gayle and Andros it would Andros every time. Rafa sees potential and knows how to bring it out

  • 14 Our Toon // Jun 28, 2016 at 11:58 PM

    Should have signed young Dembele who has now moved to Celtic, Gayle is utter shite and 10m is a complete waste if this is true

  • 15 lochinvar // Jun 29, 2016 at 12:06 AM

    See the Mackems have some wonder kid Beyoncé on trial at the Stadium of Kak . Any good ?

  • 16 lochinvar // Jun 29, 2016 at 12:13 AM

    Well Andros – you’re Pardew’s second choice then, how does that feel when your Rafa’s number one man ?

    Crystal Palace could miss out on Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi, 22, despite bidding more than £30m, as the Marseille player is holding out for a Champions League club. (Croydon Advertiser)
    And Batshuayi will instead sign for London rivals Tottenham. (Daily Mail)
    Crystal Palace are ready to trigger Andros Townsend’s release clause and sign the 24-year-old England winger this summer. (Chronicle)

  • 17 Geordiepower // Jun 29, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    Andros won’t go to Palace,he has ambition.

  • 18 expatmag // Jun 29, 2016 at 1:38 AM


    Just to clear up a comment you made a couple of threads back regarding alleged comments I made to the blog regarding MR.TUFF

    I have NEVER said to the blog that he worked in nightclub security because it is clearly not true. I have no idea where you got this information from but it was certainly not me.

    Even though I live in Australia now, I have known MR.TUFF for nigh on 50 years and can categorically state he has had NO involvement in nightclub security.

    However, back in the 70s, we did play ONE game together for a Newcastle nightclub in a sunday football league but I have no idea whether he or I have mentioned this on the blog before.

    Dont use my name in vain again

  • 19 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 29, 2016 at 1:55 AM

    First signing by the look of it and it’s a Keeper, details being finalised on a 5 year deal. Apparantly the medical has been passed.

    Mats sels from Gent. Krul away maybe?

  • 20 Toon-Prodigy // Jun 29, 2016 at 1:57 AM

    Sorry if this news has been put out i’v never checked for two days.

  • 21 jimmysmith // Jun 29, 2016 at 2:23 AM

    Jack Root is an excellent name. Not unlike Les Patterson.

  • 22 expatmag // Jun 29, 2016 at 2:25 AM


    Or maybe Lester Rootsy

  • 23 lesh // Jun 29, 2016 at 2:31 AM


    Excuse me, but it’s SIR Les if you don’t mind.

  • 24 Pat On The Heed // Jun 29, 2016 at 2:39 AM

    Pretty depressing to read how many brexiters there are on this site, especially considering how we like to pride ourselves in being a welcoming, open hearted part of the world, not to mention being the recipient of half a billion in EU funding which has helped restore the region in the past decade. I wonder what Benitez and the overseas players thought as they saw the results coming in last Thursday.

  • 25 expatmag // Jun 29, 2016 at 2:46 AM


    What about Wor Dame Edna

  • 26 cyprus // Jun 29, 2016 at 5:44 AM

    Voted no for the hell of it since I don’t know this player.

    Rafa, I understand that to fix a problem team you start from the back and move forward. BUT, was the reason we went down our goalie? Since he was player of the year?! I bet you Elliott really likes you now 😉

    Anyway, get on with it man. Buy us a mobile Bellamy-like CF. Keep what we have. Buy a speedy real winger or get this Thauvin playing.

  • 27 G // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:27 AM

    Expatmag, I cant help but feel dissapointment that Tuffy isnt a bouncer, you have ruined the illusion mate.

  • 28 expatmag // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:42 AM


    If only you knew him for real. You woumd be very surprised…

  • 29 expatmag // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:42 AM


  • 30 G // Jun 29, 2016 at 6:58 AM

    Absolutely correct mate, the lunatic ensemble of people I refer to as friends are more likely to have online persona names like ‘cuddles’ or ‘wenis’.

  • 31 WWSBRD // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:03 AM

    Good player, will do well with us not entirely sure why everyone is so down on him tbh

    Sels should be announced today I imagine (photo have leaked of him holding up the kit so it’s done)

    Am not sure Rafa will be that worried about upsetting our 3rd (4th now) keeper

  • 32 Ron Knee // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:11 AM

    Hodgson: “I’m very disappointed, I didn’t see the result coming.” Where else have we heard that recently?

  • 33 jimmysmith // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    “Did you ever see a slightly drunk man trying that trick with the tablecloth? He thinks he can whip the cloth off the table with a fast, clean snap, but leave all the crockery perfectly intact. He gives a sharp tug and stands back with a triumphant flourish as the plates and glasses come flying to the ground and shatter all around him.”

    Fintan O’toole’s, splendidly written take on Brexit.

  • 34 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Woy – from the same school of management as McLaren

    Gail don’t know much about – flyer looks decent but needs a bit of work on – if signs RAFA should be able to make him a better player.

    My biggest worry is that England will go for RAFA

  • 35 Jack Root // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Sir Jack here. I understand that we’re into euphemisms. Cutting out the obviscation then Ok so he wasn’t a bouncer but can you kindly confirm that Tuff was employed quite often where the threat or presence of criminal gang activity was high. Just feel free to enlighten the blog as were all seeking to uncover the real Tuff and find a really wonderful human being. Rather than the sad old bar steward who is so frequently revealed on here.
    Thanking you in anticipation.

  • 36 Jack Root // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:44 AM


  • 37 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    What a nasty divisive piece of turd you are!

  • 38 martoon // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    As Crystal Palace seem to be involved in both rumours (Townsend & Gayle) I’m wondering if some kind of swap deal is being negotiated. Presumably Townsend would be worth Gayle + cash?

  • 39 Jib // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    I see exactly where Rafa is coming from with a new classy keeper.

    Thinking of three games out of the 10 the Spaniard had in charge.

    Two with Elliot one with Darlow.

    Leicester’s Okazaki scored from a Mahrez free kick
    Jermaine Defoe for the scum at SJP just on halftime
    Aguero for Man Shitty early doors also at SJP.

    All difficult but saveable efforts.

    If those saves had been made we would have been 7 points better off and above West Brom in 14th place!!!

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // Jun 29, 2016 at 7:56 AM

    For all your big words Ian ‘your’ not really that bright leaving your DNA all over your posts from different aliases. How you’ve got the brass neck to completely ignore the fact that Ian Toon also read the Carradale and posted exactly the same nonsense as you did yesterday about Robbie Keane beggars belief.

  • 41 Jib // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:09 AM

    Latin obfuscatio, to darken

  • 42 Munster Mag // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:12 AM

    Gayle in, Townsend out? What a hugely uninspiring start to the transfer season. Palace chase the 30 mill Brazilian and we chase Gayle. How we have fallen . It will disappoint Rafa hugely, and knock him back I’m sure, if he cant keep some of his top players, and Andros seemed like a Rafa/Toon loyalist. Hope this is wrong but there’s nothing to say its nonsense.

  • 43 Munster Mag // Jun 29, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Jimmy, interesting to see guys reading the Irish reaction to \brexit. \o toole is a v good writer. What a balls up the brits have made.

  • 44 The Newcastle Armchair // Jun 29, 2016 at 1:58 PM

    My mistake, he’s 25 and not so young haha.

    Just looks it.

  • 45 The Newcastle Armchair // Jun 29, 2016 at 2:00 PM

    After what happened with Leicester last season and watching england on Monday, everyone should realise that football is about the team and not individual star players.

    Optimistic with the Dwight signing, if he fits the teams needs then we should be a force next season.

    People forget that he has scored 1/4 in the prem but most of his apps are sub’s.

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