Nottingham Forest have been backed to position themselves strongly among the clutch of Championship sides considering January moves for Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle, according to The Athletic.
Gayle made his season debut in the Magpies’ 1-0 defeat at Chelsea on Saturday (TransferMarkt), having missed much of the season thus far with a calf problem that had proven to be a ‘big concern’ for Steve Bruce and his coaching staff (Shields Gazette).
Gayle had attracted widespread interest from the Championship during the summer, with West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United two of the leading clubs said to have made contact with Newcastle to discuss a potential deal (Northern Echo).
But Bruce did not want to see the London-born forward leave St. James’ Park and spent the final days of the window convincing Gayle that he would have a part to play in his plans on Tyneside should he opt to stay and fight Joelinton for minutes.
A potential lack of game time following the Brazilian’s arrival was seen as the main concern Gayle had at the time, as he faced entering the campaign as Bruce’s fifth-choice attacking option behind Allan Saint-Maximin, Miguel Almiron and Yoshinori Muto as well.
Earning just four minutes of action in a late cameo outing from the bench at Chelsea on Saturday, and recording no touches once on the field (WhoScored), has seen Gayle grow frustrated, with a number of Championship sides now considering potential January moves for the £20million striker (Northern Echo).
Nottingham Forest are said to likely try and position themselves at the front of the enlarging queue after being beaten 1-0 at Wigan Athletic on Saturday, when boss Sabri Lamouchi named first-choice striker Lewis Grabban on the bench.
Whether the City Ground natives can afford Gayle’s £55,000-a-week contract (Express and Star) and Newcastle’s asking price remains to be seen.
Gayle growing frustrated at his current situation will likely come as little surprise to Bruce, as the forward has been so rarely trusted since his return from injury and feared such occurring before the campaign started.
It will also come as no surprise that Championship sides are considering January deals for the striker, given Gayle was prolific in the second-tier last term with West Brom while at the Hawthorns on loan – hitting 23 goals in 39 league games as the Baggies qualified for the play-offs, where the 29-year-old added another to his account.
As for Forest’s alleged position, they are seemingly short of options in attack beyond Grabban, with Sammy Ameobi and Rafa Mir used sparingly as the only other centre-forwards called on by Lamouchi thus far.
So it will be likely Lamouchi and his recruitment department are discussing potential options for the winter market and whether they can finance a deal for Gayle.
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