Newcastle United are demanding £15m for Leeds United target Dwight Gayle, according to The Telegraph.
Should Leeds break the bank for Gayle?
The Whites have been linked with a move for the Magpies forward, however, they join the likes of West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest in registering interest in the striker.
A move for Gayle would be a sensational transfer from a Leeds perspective, given the struggles of Patrick Bamford shown this season and Eddie Nketiah’s reported move back to Arsenal.
Bamford managed to go 10 games without a goal earlier this campaign, and despite having scored in three of his last four games, he could use competition upfront.
Meanwhile, Nketiah has been snubbed by Marcelo Bielsa this season, starting no league game, and the club feel he will move back to north London, according to Football Insider.
This issue has translated on to the pitch, where Leeds have scored fewer goals than five of the top-seven teams in the Championship this year (via BBC).
Meanwhile, Gayle has shown his quality when playing in the second tier of English football, having scored 59 goals in exactly 100 appearances at a rate of 0.59 goals per game (via Transfermarkt).
He was on fire last season, scoring 24 goals as West Brom reached the play-offs. His all-round attacking play proved to be crucial for the Baggies as Gayle averaged the joint-second most shots and was the third-most fouled player per games for the Midlands side (via WhoScored).
Gayle would provide both stiff competition for Bamford and quality to the Elland Road team. Their lack of goals could become a worry come the end of the campaign, especially if their rivals continue in the same vein of form as they have thus far.
Leeds fans, would you take Gayle in January if Nketiah left the club? Let us know your thoughts!
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