Newcastle United are ‘likely’ to listen to offers for Dwight Gayle in January, having come within 48 hours of selling the striker this summer, according to the Chronicle.
Gayle is yet to start a game under Steve Bruce following a calf injury (Shields Gazette), but made his season debut off the bench at Chelsea (TransferMarkt) and is in line for a greater role at St. James’ Park following Andy Carroll’s groin strain (Sky Sports).
Newcastle are believed to view Gayle as a very saleable asset in the January market, and are expected to consider offers for the 29-year-old come the turn of the year.
Bruce is still confident that the forward is capable of offering something to his lacklustre strike force now that Gayle has returned from his calf injury, and the Tyneside outfit hierarchy are hopeful that he can hit a goalscoring run of form before the winter transfer market opens.
The Magpies came within 48 hours of selling Gayle this summer, when they reached a deal with West Bromwich Albion that would have seen the London-born attacker return to the Hawthorns for a second campaign on loan.
Gayle struck prolifically in the Championship whilst on a temporary deal with the Baggies last season, but the West Midlands outfit could not afford to purchase the striker having failed to secure promotion back into the Premier League (Express and Star).
A second campaign on loan would have come with a clause allowing West Brom to sign Gayle next summer should they achieve promotion this season, but the former Crystal Palace forward decided to reject the terms proposed.
The Arsenal product is said to have preferred a permanent transfer in the summer if he were to move on from St. James’ Park, as he wants to gain a clear picture on his future.
Newcastle are likewise keen to create a clear image over what the future has in store for Gayle, as the 29-year-old is out of contract in 2021 and the power is on the side of the striker rather than the North East outfit.
United valued Gayle at £20million in the summer (Northern Echo), when Stoke City and Fulham were thought to have joined the race for his signature after the attacker hit 24 goals in 41 games across all competitions (TransferMarkt).
Bruce will have to show over the coming months that Gayle is a key part of his plans for Newcastle not to consider offers for the striker, as the Toon hierarchy seemingly do not match the Magpies head coach’s view of the forward.
However, if Gayle does strike up a strong vein of form ahead of the winter market opening, his stock will only rise and United’s hopes of landing a sizable fee will go up in tandem.
Discussions will clearly need to be had between Bruce and the Toon board to decide what the future has in store with Gayle, as his contract running toward its final year will leave the North East outfit in an awkward situation if his career outlook is not resolved soon.
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