Dwight Gayle committed his future to Newcastle United despite having ‘grown frustrated with how he has been used by Steve Bruce’, The Athletic‘s Chris Waugh reports.
Waugh’s colleague David Ornstein revealed on Monday that Gayle had agreed to a new three-year contract at the club on reduced terms.
Gayle considered moving abroad amid Galatasaray interest
His contract was set to expire in June, meaning he could have left the club as a free agent. Gayle was apparently ‘receptive’ to the idea of moving overseas ‘in search of a lucrative final contract’.
Galatasaray were said to be said one of the clubs interested in acquiring his services (via Chronicle Live), but Waugh has claimed that the financial consequences of the pandemic made those options less attractive for the 31-year-old, who has not at any stage decisively pushed to leave.
Gayle on the periphery at Newcastle
The Englishman, who was out injured from the start of the season until December, has made 11 Premier League appearances this term (via Transfermarkt).
However, only two of those have been starts, and both have come as a winger – he lined up on the right away at Chelsea and on the left against Aston Villa – rather than through the middle.
Newcastle not preparing for the Championship
Gayle is a prolific Championship marksman, enjoying 23-goal campaigns in the second tier in 2016/17 and 2018/19 (via Transfermarkt), but Newcastle are not thought to be planning for relegation. Waugh insists that they would have sought to agree fresh terms with Gayle even if they were safe.
As it stands, they are two points clear of the bottom three with a game in hand.
A new deal for an out-of-favour forward who has already turned 30 reflects the challenges of the present market for clubs and players alike.
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