As expected, there is a lot of interest in the services of Dwight Gayle from Championship clubs this month. A return to West Brom where Dwight spent last season on loan is again making the rounds.
Nottingham Forest and Leeds United are also said to be keen on the 29-year-old poacher. In fact, Leeds may have even already approached Newcastle about Gayle but will not have liked what they were told.
The Shields Gazette have details on Newcastle’s demands for their little-used striker. Citing reports from Yorkshire, Leeds have recently contacted Newcastle and been quoted a ransom to bring Gayle in this month.
Newcastle will only allow Gayle to leave for £20m. A 6-month loan could be done if a club agrees to a mandatory purchase clause of £20m in the summer.
In addition, a substantial portion of Dwight’s over £50k/week wages, as well as a loan fee, will have to be paid for any club taking him on loan for the remainder of the season.
If these details are accurate, then you can expect to see Dwight remain a Magpie this season. There is just no way a Championship club can afford Gayle under these conditions.
We have to believe Newcastle would maybe budge on a permanent move for the poacher. We think a fee in the £10-12m range would be a sound return on a player who just isn’t in our future plans.
The issue would then be Dwight accepting a lower wage packet, which he has been reluctant to do in the past.
Newcastle seem to be moving swiftly this window to bring in some forwards. They’ll want to have squad places available to do that. So we hope the club will waver on their demands to help move Gayle on this month.
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