Former Premier League centre-forward Kevin Phillips, who played for Newcastle United’s North East rivals Sunderland for six years during his playing career, has urged Dwight Gayle to reject a potential new contract offer, in favour of a move elsewhere.
These comments come with the 30-year-old centre-forward’s current Toon contract set to expire at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
What has Phillips said about the Newcastle United striker’s future?
Speaking to Football Insider, Phillips has shared that he believes Gayle will secure a “massive increase in wages” if he signs a new deal at St. James’ Park and stated that he expects to see the £7.2m-rated man commit his future to his current club by renewing his contract.
However, with Gayle having enjoyed just 52 minutes of Premier League action so far this term after being sidelined due to a medial collateral ligament injury at the start of the campaign, Phillips has also said that he’d rather see Gayle turn down a potentially “massive” wage boost from Newcastle and take his talent elsewhere, explaining that if he were in Gayle’s shoes, he’d “want to get out and play” regularly, which he seems to think Gayle would have no problem doing at another club, stating that he thinks “he has a lot to offer.”
Where could Gayle’s future lie?
The Toon’s Premier League rivals Fulham and West Bromwich Albion are reportedly interested in Gayle, as are other ‘clubs around Europe’ and the Englishman will be free to hold discussions about a transfer away from St. James’ Park with other clubs following the turn of the year.
Should Newcastle give Gayle a massive wage increase?
With that in mind, Phillips may be right in saying that Gayle would see a big wage increase if he does end up staying at the Toon, as it would appear as though he won’t be short of suitors as he approaches the end of his Newcastle deal and that competition can surely only be good for Gayle’s finances.
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