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Fulham Look To Gayle To Replace Former Newcastle Player

There is a report in the Daily Star that Fulham will move for Dwight Gayle as Aleksandar Mitrovic’s replacement when the Serbian leaves Craven Cottage.

News broke yesterday that Aleksandar Mitrovic may command a fee as high as £30M. That earlier report, again from the Daily Star, reveals that Real Betis has joined West Ham, Crystal Palace, Bayer Leverkusen, and Fenerbahce in the race to sign our former striker.

It will be interesting to see where Mitrovic, who remains popular with Newcastle fans, ends up next year as a return to the continent looks to be a real possibility.

If Fulham are able to sell Mitrovic for a profit after just one year, that could be great news for Newcastle who should be looking to get at least £15M for Gayle. If Fulham have the cash and are interested, then hopefully a deal can be made.

Dwight is worth a fortune for Championship clubs as his goalscoring record in that division is superb. He is, barring long-term injury, likely a guarantee of 20 goals.

Dwight Gayle– on his way back to London?

The glaring issue with Gayle going back to a Championship club will be his wages. As with prior links to West Brom and Leeds United, will Fulham eventually be put off due to Gayle’s wage demands?

One can understand why Gayle would be hesitant to take a significant cut in his salary. He will be twenty-nine in October and his next contract could well be his last big one.

55 comments so far

  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1


    Part of the Fit and Proper test is also regarding proof of funds.

    The prospective buyer has to show they have the funds to buy the club and then money to run it for six months after purchase with a business plan going forward.

    I take that to mean BZG have to have the money in place before they enter the fit and proper test.

  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #2

    What’s going on here? Clubs spending money already so soon??

  • Frank pingles come sock

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #3

    Maybe this is why he done the bank loan for Almiron

    Eg – takeover / interest back in late January ?

  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #4


    There’s no need to worry about the Owners and Directors Test. We all know how Charnley’s told to deal with transfers – leave bids until the last minute to get the best deal

    If it works for transfers, it’ll work for the OandD Test. It’ll be submitted in time – Charnley always gets his man …innit!

  • toon22

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Can’t sell without a seller

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Gayle refused to go on loan until he had a better contract. His wages were increased to ensure he agreed to do a loan swap to West Brom. That’s now the stumbling block when it comes to moving him on – he’s on £50k a week now and no Championship club will pay those wages – unless Fulham use their parachute payment. That’s why WBA didn’t take him permanently, because of his wage demands. We might have a problem moving him on now, because he’s a Championship striker on PL wages.

  • Nostradamus " Mike Ashley The Clown "

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #7

    3 hours ago this was reported.
    Link: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/9300644/newcastle-takeover-sheikh-khaled-progressing-well/

    Hope this is on the up and up.

  • hibbit

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #8


    don’t you go bottling your gut feeling about Rafa staying, it’s whats kept me going for the last 3 weeks 😉

  • Return of the Geordi

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #9


    I’m not sure if PoF means that you have the cash in the bank, I would have thought providing the current BZG Balance Sheet showing the fixed and fluid assets would be more likely for a £350 million deal.

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Hibbett, I still think he’ll sign mate, that was, the point of my post. I don’t think he’d leave us in the lurch. If he was going, he would’ve said something by now. Don’t worry, I’m still confident he’ll be here next season, I just think he’s waiting to see who he’ll be working for.

    Nostradamus Clown Ashley, the BZG certainly seem convinced they’ll be owning the club from that piece. Reassuring the fans seemed to be an important point for them with that press release, so I’m happy to take them at their word until I hear different.
    Yes, Ashley is capable of messing it up but he’s playing with the big boys now and doesn’t want people with that clout becoming an enemy. They could be an asset for him further down the line.
    For me I’m happy to wait and see. What choice have we got?

  • Return of the Geordi

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #11


    I think your right about Rafa, he’s an honorable man. If he was leaving in 15 days I think he would have let us know. Also, the Chronicles of Narnia are reporting he and his backroom staff are making plans for next year’s winter break. I know he’s the ultimate professional but even he wouldn’t be planning for next January if he was leaving at the end of the month. Having said all that the story was in the Chronic.

  • TomaKaThor

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #12

    West ham splashing the cash again

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #13

    I think we’d be lucky to get £15m for Gayle. Any club needs to be paying £2.5m a year wages too, and to buy him you’d at least want a 3-4 year deal, and let’s face it, you wouldn’t be to move him on in a year or two. We will get loan offers or £10m max. People say these young strikers & wingers Che Adams, Bowen, McBurnie, Wilson are worth £15-20m. They scored a similar amount to Gayle and are all about 22. If we do sell Gayle for £10-15m then we should get one of these guys in or Abraham. Build a team around Longstaff and a few other young English players, the way Spurs built their team.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #14

    He took the bank loan for Almiron because he knows he won’t be paying for it. Atlanta must have wanted the cash upfront so he takes a loan out knowing the next owner will be left with the bill.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #15

    RIP Franco Zeffirelli

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 15, 2019 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Return, aye, maybe I should’ve said I’m concerned about the transfer situation rather than the Rafa situation. ( Sorry Hibbett, my bad). 🙂
    You’re absolutely right, the man’s a legend and he has plenty of respect for the supporters. I’ve never stopped believing he’d be here next season and that hasn’t changed. In fact, Hibbett said he’d heard one of the coaching staff had extended their lease on their house? Something along those lines, so they must be confident of being here next season with Rafa.
    I just think he knows a deal is going through and is waiting to see before committing to paper. Let’s be honest, he’s still officially our manager and there’s nothing to prevent him wheeling and dealing until he signs the new contract.
    Why sign a deal you’re not exactly ecstatic about, when if you wait until new owners are in place you might get a better one? Rafa’s been around a long time, he knows what he’s doing by now. No news is good news in that situation I think.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Does anyone think we inserted any sell on fees onto Mitrovic? From what I remember a large chunk of the £22-27m fee we got was dependent on Fulham staying up.

  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #18

    Return of the Geordi

    Of course Rafa’s having an input into the winter break and what to do in it (all except transfers of course cos Ashley’s not interested in Rafa’s input).

    Charley’s probably involving Rafa in planning in the hope he forgets his contract’s running out and he’ll drift along into next season unpaid.

  • Lovem or Hatem

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #19

    Well West Ham are making quick progress in the transfer market. If they get Maxi gomez for £29mil that will be a good buy, definitely a player NUFC should be going for.

    I wish this takeover would hurry up because some good players are going quickly.

  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Ron Knee

    It’s a pity Zeffirelli didn’t post in here. He would’ve spotted an opportunity to produce a sequel to Romeo and Juliet – Jib and Jane!

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #21


    I see he was a member of Silvio Berlusconi’s party – off-putting!

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #22

    Sri Lanka having a right go at chasing down the Aussies’ score of 334. 79/0 after only 9 overs puts them bang in course. Game on.

  • Jib

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:20 PM

    Comment #23

    On Zeffirelli
    He made a movie about the size of Lesh’s brain.

    Ha ha ha

  • Return of the Geordi

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #24

    re post

    Can’t remember who it was said a couple of weeks ago, that a colleagues wife worked for BZG’s assent management and was working on project monochrome. At the time I thought it must be looking at NUFC’s assets but it would make a lot of sense if they were liquefying assets. anyone else remember this?

  • chancel be a fine thing

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #25
  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #26

    Ron Knee


    No surprise – he’s probably had his opinions formed being brought up under Mussolini. How such a fertile mind didn’t see through the lies and immorality of it all beats me.

  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:47 PM

    Comment #27

    Looking at BZG’s website, it appears that BZG has an investments arm and that would seem to be best fit for buying NUFC..


    Now if BZG is acting as broker/ head of an investment consortium, it might suggest that any analysis into the sources of funds would take some time.

    Anyone got any insights?

  • lesh

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #28

    To paraphrase Marvin……

    ‘Here I am [Jib] with a brain the size of a planet and they ask me to do is lift and post information from Google. Call that job satisfaction? I don’t’

    Poor old Jib.

  • lochinvar

    Jun 15, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #29

    Mitro worth £30m ?
    Wonder what sell on percentage fee Charley inserted in the contract of sale ?

    “Charnley” ?
    “ Charnley” ?
    Where is he when you need him ?

  • hibbit

    Jun 15, 2019 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #30

    BobbyBee re the coaching staff

    at the last home game the guy who sits behind me was telling anyone who would listen that 2 of Rafa’s Spanish coaches had renewed the leases on there rental homes.
    *the guys an estate agent in Gosforth and i have used him in the past so i do trust him*

  • L Toon

    Jun 15, 2019 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Even if rafa came out and said “ive had enough and im leaving” and then somehow the dynamic duo replaced him asap, rafa has it written into his contract that he has the final say on all incoming players. So a new manager now couldn’t do anything anyway.

  • DubaiMicky

    Jun 15, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Pinsent confirmed that they had the funds on Friday (yeah, disbelieve it if you want)

    Am guessing Wed next week?

  • bill

    Jun 15, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #33

    I believe you Micky; you have been on here a long time unlike some recent posters who I won’t bother mentioning. If it doesn’t happen, I don’t blame anyone other than the fat boy.

  • Optimistic Oryx

    Jun 15, 2019 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #34


    Where did they confirm they had the money?

  • kev1664

    Jun 15, 2019 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #35


    Let’s hope its wrapped up next week then.

    Makes my self imposed worry after 26th of june date gone and we can all start to think about a brighter future with a united fan base.

    Imagine what could be done for the good of the club if we all put the effort in that’s been given to the protests etc.

  • Bambams

    Jun 15, 2019 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #36


    Great to hear fella !

    It does take time to send that sum of money (I read that link), I was surprised it wasnt as simple as popping onto PayPal and just pressing confirm.


  • Bambams

    Jun 15, 2019 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #37


    I think all of us worry that Ash can have a change of mind.

    But as I suggested the other day, if he was to pull the deal now – literally no other buyer would ever try to buy the club off him in the future. Nobody would be prepared to waste their money on due diligence.


    Jun 15, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #38

    Check out Guardian Story and you will notice a Managing Director of Newcastle United, Lee Charnley, was arrested and interviewed but Derek David was the Managing Director in charge throughout 2011.


    This is a list pre- Newcastle United and during his time at the footy club


    Notice this company and Waterlow/Vistra


    Check out Mr Michael Daniel Cohen in above link Gordon he is straight out of Las Vegas, Nevada.

    Active 922417234 and active 919274765 are both related to Glasgow Rangers footy club

    Then check this out

    First of all we have the involvement of Pinsent Masons out of 1 Park Row Leeds getting involved in Sale of Newcastle United


    Then follow the links below to Barbara Kahan from Derek David Llambias who was until recently a director of Newcastle United FC

    Note Waterlow and Vistra







    Barbara Kahan out of Woodberry Grove


  • bill

    Jun 15, 2019 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #39

    I agree Bambams, but he doesn’t seem to care what people think of him. I’m upbeat about this take-over, and I’ll stay that way until Rafa walks.

  • toon22

    Jun 15, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #40

    We won’t hear about the club being sold till after it happens
    Same as when MA bought us

    Meaning the current sale is the usual lie


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