The Chronicle’s chief Newcastle United correspondent Lee Ryder has confirmed that the North East club are yet to enter into discussions over a contract extension with Dwight Gayle, whose current deal with the Toon is set to expire at the end of the 2020/21 campaign.
This comes after the 30-year-old centre-forward scored Newcastle’s winning goal in the 82nd minute of Saturday’s Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion.
Is the Newcastle United forward worth a new deal?
In his report confirming that the Toon have not made the £7.2m-rated man a new contract offer yet, Ryder also stated that the form Gayle has shown since moving to St. James’ Park ‘suggests he’s worth a new deal.’
Since joining Newcastle from Crystal Palace for £10.8m in the summer of 2016, Gayle has scored 58 goals in 135 games. He scored 34 of those goals in his 94 appearances for the Toon, while 24 of his goals in that time came during the 2018/19 season when he was on loan at West Brom. Per Transfermarkt, Gayle has scored more goals for Newcastle than any other player in the North East club’s current squad.
Attracting interest from elsewhere
It would appear as though Gayle wouldn’t be short of options if his club opts not to offer him a new deal, as Ryder has also claimed that he is ‘certain to attract interest in the next two windows,’ with ‘clubs around Europe’ keeping tabs on the 30-year-old, while the Toon’s Premier League rivals Fulham have got a ‘long-term interest’ in the centre-forward.
Given that he will be free to discuss a future free transfer with one of those interested parties upon the turn of the year, perhaps it would be wise of the Toon to begin discussions with Gayle over a new deal quickly if they want him to stay at St. James’ Park and given that Newcastle boss Steve Bruce was full of praise for the forward after Saturday’s game, maybe that is an indication of his interest in keeping the 30-year-old.
Should Gayle be offered a new deal by the Toon?
As a result, perhaps it’s understandable why Ryder warned Toon fans of ‘the danger‘ their club may face in keeping hold of the striker, should he become able to enter into discussions with other clubs next month.
In other news, Luke Edwards recently issued an exciting Toon takeover update.
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