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.
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?