Fulham have made Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle one of their priority targets during the last week of the transfer window. The Sun report that they aren’t going to give up on the striker and have increased their bid to £18 million. This would be a club record deal for the Cottagers and shows their ambition to get back in the Premier League. The Magpies striker scored a goal every 93.3 minutes in the Championship last season and would be a great buy for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.
Newcastle United had indicated that Gayle would be available for transfer if they managed to sign a replacement. They are reluctant to let him go at this stage, as they have failed to sign anyone on deadline day, but the figures of the deal might be too good to turn down. Fulham aren’t prepared to give up on the player and this one is likely to go down to the wire.
Would he be a good signing?
His record in the Championship speaks for itself. Chris Wood may have finished last season as the division’s top scorer, but Gayle would have taken that honour if he didn’t suffer a hamstring injury at the beginning of 2017. The striker was playing in the team that won the league, but it wasn’t easy for him. He managed to finish the chances that came his way and showed that he can score different types of goal.
Fulham need to have a goalscorer if they are to win promotion. That is what they lacked last season. It won’t be easy for them to convince Newcastle to sell, but Gayle would be the best signing they could make in their current position. It would be a signing that excited the supporters and provides them with momentum to have a real go at promotion. The deadline is fast approaching and it looks like the all of their eggs are in the 27-year-old’s basket. The club are showing real ambition and they deserve to be applauded for that.
How likely is a deal?
At this stage of the transfer window, it looks difficult to get a deal completed for Gayle. Newcastle haven’t signed a replacement and they can’t afford to take the risk of letting one go. Fulham are going to keep trying until the deadline passes, but it would be a surprise if this one goes through. It was an ambitious move from the club, but they are unlikely to be rewarded for it.