The Sun’s Alan Nixon is reporting that Newcastle are trying to offload Dwight Gayle but are having issues with even setting up a loan deal for him due to his high wages.
This could be an issue for Newcastle with players like Gayle, Jack Colback, and Henri Saivet. The squad is too big at the moment but lacking in key areas. They also have Championship level players on Premier League level wages.
It’s certainly not an ideal situation for a club that in reality needs to add at least another four players by the end of this window.
If Gayle is to leave, which seems to be what the club is trying to achieve, he will need to be replaced. He could command a decent fee of around £15m which could be used to secure his replacement.
Dwight Gayle– wages will always be a problem
However, time is of the essence and we just can’t see Newcastle being able to get deals done quickly. They’ve messed about over Allan Saint-Maximin for near a week now.
They just have too many players who likely aren’t good enough and some that we truly just don’t know enough about. It seems like right-back Jamie Sterry will need to go out on loan and we just have not seen enough of Henri Saivet or Achraf Lazaar to really know what they can bring.
However, the fact that they have yet to make any impact in the first team over the past three years does make you think they just aren’t of the required standard.
We expect a lot of news over the next few weeks about ins and outs with this squad. There is a lot that needs to happen in so little time.
This squad needs shaping and it needs to start happening immediately.