Leeds United are planning a move for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle in January, according to Football Insider.
They say the Whites are worried Arsenal may recall Eddie Nketiah, so they need a proven Championship striker to help Patrick Bamford fire them to promotion.
Gayle has made just four substitute appearances for Steve Bruce this season after being kept in the north east following last season’s loan spell at West Brom.
He bagged 24 goals for the Baggies in the Championship last term and the report says Leeds would like to bring him to Elland Road to continue where he left off.
Should Leeds break the bank for Gayle?
Football Insider also believe Liverpool rising star Rhian Brewster is an option as the club’s recruitment staff assess potential targets ahead of the January window.
The piece mentions there’s no guarantee that Steve Bruce would be willing to let Gayle go, particularly if Leeds are only willing to take him on loan for the second half of the season.
The 29-year-old returned from a calf injury in mid-October and will now be wondering when his opportunities and trust from Steven Bruce will come, so January could be the perfect time to approach him.
It seems clear that the Premier League is one step too far for Gayle, with him only having scored 11 goals over four seasons in the top flight during his career.
The Championship is a different story though and last season wasn’t just a one-off. After all, he’s scored 46 goals at that level for the last two seasons he’s been there.
Regardless of whether Eddie Nketiah heads back to Arsenal or not, signing a proven striker to help out Patrick Bamford would go a long way to securing automatic promotion this season.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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