With a maxed out squad, Newcastle will have to offload players to bring in any new signings month. The prime candidates right now to leave are forward Dwight Gayle and midfielder Ki Sung-yueng. Both players are reportedly attracting interest from clubs for moves this month.
However, the stumbling block for any move for the pair will be them accepting lower wages. Both are on Premier League salaries but are not attracting interest from Premier League clubs.
The issue has already reportedly scuppered a move for Ki back to Celtic. The Chronicle are reporting that Celtic want to bring Ki in this month but can’t afford his wages.
Similarly, the Telegraph say that Gayle is interested in a move for first-team football this month. However, he is not willing to take a pay cut to do so.
Hopefully, as the end of the window gets closer, both players will reevaluate their stances on taking less money to move on. They’ve both only started one game apiece this season and have failed to make any impact.
Ki made his return for the FA Cup match this past weekend and came on as a substitute but was just a passenger. Dwight Gayle missed the trip altogether with what is being reported as a tight hamstring.
With Ki’s contract having just 6 months left, he may opt to stick around to seek the best deal this summer. However, there have been rumblings that he’s itching to leave this month.
As for Gayle, he has 18 months left on his contract and if he doesn’t move this month, his value could diminish significantly this summer. So it’s definitely in Newcastle’s best interest to convince the poacher his future lies elsewhere.
Bruce will have to bring in a striker this month. Newcastle seem to be making a concerted effort with approaches for Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi as well as AC Milan’s Krzysztof Piatek.
However, they have been rebuffed thus far. Though we’ll eventually get someone in and the last thing the club needs is more players on big wages who are not part of the 25 man squad.
There’s already Jack Colback, Henri Saivet, and Jamie Sterry. Dwight Gayle and Ki Sung-yueng don’t need to be added to the list.