The Telegraph’s John Percy is reporting that Stoke City are close to landing Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle. The 32-year-old has completed the initial part of his medical with confirmation expected by the end of the week.
— John Percy (@JPercyTelegraph) July 20, 2022
Eddie Howe recently touched on Dwight’s situation at Newcastle confirming his future lies elsewhere. The poacher has not joined the group for the pre-season. He initially trained with the U21s along with Jeff Hendrick and Ciaran Clark.
Clark joined Sheffield United for a season-long loan while Hendrick has gone to Reading, where he has scored twice already in pre-season. It looks like Gayle will follow them out the door on what is reported to be a permanent deal.
Gayle is a proven Championship goalscorer who was outstanding in his inaugural season on Tyneside. Dwight scored 23 league goals that season to help fire Newcastle back into the Premier League.
However, he managed just 6 goals the following campaign before joining West Brom on loan for the 2019/20 season. Dwight found the back of the net 23 times helping the Baggies regain their top-flight status.
This is an excellent opportunity for Gayle with the Potters, who only had one player (Jacob Brown) reach double figures in goals last term. If Gayle can stay fit, he should be afforded plenty of chances to do what he does best, which is score goals for promotion-hungry sides.