Chris Wilder is eager to bring Dwight Gayle back to The Hawthorns if he is appointed West Bromwich Albion manager, according to the Sunday Mirror’s print edition (via The Chronicle).
The Athletic have reported that the striker has agreed to a new three-year contract at St James’ Park, but that could be a move to protect his value. He accepted reduced terms in that deal after scoring only one goal in the 2020/21 season, during which he played 543 minutes across 20 appearances in all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has nonetheless labelled him an ‘invaluable’ asset given that he is a ‘natural goalscorer’, something he demonstrated during a spell on loan at West Brom in 2018/19 when he netted 24 goals in the Championship.
Sam Allardyce has walked away from the Baggies after failing to keep them in the Premier League and, according to the Sunday Mirror (via The Chronicle), former Sheffield United boss Wilder is expected to be appointed as the 66-year-old’s successor.
The West Brom managerial candidate has already identified Gayle, valued at £4.5m by Transfermarkt, as one of his transfer targets if he gets the Albion job.
From West Brom’s point of view, the move clearly makes sense given that Gayle has proven he can be prolific in the Championship.
Newcastle may consider the 31-year-old to be an important back-up option but should sell him if the price is right given his age and the options elsewhere.
Joelinton can function as Callum Wilson’s direct deputy (the Brazilian scored four league goals to Gayle’s one this season, and the path to first team involvement for academy talents can be widened if a centre-forward spot is freed up.
In other news, this midfielder is keen to leave Newcastle this summer.
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