There’s news in the Evening Standard today that Newcastle have named their price for striker Dwight Gayle this summer if other clubs want to buy him.
Dwight has proved he can score goals in the Championship almost at will, and he scored 23 in 32 appearances for Newcastle in 2016-2017 and 23 goals in 39 appearances for West Brom last season.
Any ambitious Championship club wanting to get promoted will have to pay at least £20M for Dwight — and it will be worth their while if they can get promoted.
Dwight Gayle – 46 goals in 71 Championship games over two seasons with Magpies and Baggies
Once they are promoted, they will get £100M at least from the Premier League in their first season, and then parachute payments if and when they are relegated.
It is Fulham’s parachute payment that makes it possible to sign Gayle for £20M this summer and pay him a decent wage.
It also looks like Rafa Benitez is now willing to sell Dwight if he can good money for him, so he can bring in other players over the summer.
Gayle is paid over £50K/week at Newcastle, and he will not want to get less than that if he does move to a Championship club, with still two years left on his contract on Tyneside.
It’s already too much to pay for West Brom, who have to tighten their financial belts having failed to get promoted at the first attempt.
But we can see a top Championship club wanting to acquire Dwight Gayle in the summer for £20M if they are serious about getting promoted.
What do you think?