Newcastle United will reportedly be listening offers for striker Dwight Gayle this January despite the club’s lack of goals from attackers this season.
The Chronicle Live claims that the Tyneside club will be willing to allow the 29-year-old side to depart the club in the winter transfer window, with The Birmingham Mail elaborating on the report and stating that Championship clubs will likely be interested in Gayle when the market opens again for business.
Although West Brom wasn’t mentioned by name in either report, the Baggies will likely be one of the clubs interested in signing Gayle in January given how influential the former Crystal Palace man was for the club last season.
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As stats from Transfermarkt show, the Newcastle attacker was in scintillating form for the Baggies in the 2018/19 campaign, scoring 23 goals and assisting eight in 39 Championship appearances as well as netting in West Brom’s 2-1 play-off defeat to rivals Aston Villa, a fixture Gayle was sent off in for a second yellow card.
Despite this impressive season, Gayle has seen next-to-first team action this season with Steve Bruce’s side, with stats from Transfermarkt showing that the London-born striker has only played four minutes for Newcastle this campaign, all of them coming from late appearances off the bench.
An extreme lack of game time and playing behind the likes of Joelinton and Andy Carroll, who between them have scored one goal as stats from Transfermarkt show, will more than likely lead to Gayle leaving Newcastle for good, and a return for West Brom could be ideal for both club and player.
With Slaven Bilic’s side sitting top of the Championship table, a winter signing like Gayle could be what’s needed for the club to push the odds right onto Albion’s side as they aim for automatic Premier League promotion this season, and the return of a former fan favourite will more than serve this tip in fortunes.