Leeds United are not willing to stump up the sums of cash it would take to lure Dwight Gayle to Elland Road this summer, according to TeamTalk.
They report that Gayle would cost £15m to sign from Newcastle, as well as hefty wages of £55,000 per week, and say that is why West Brom – the club with which he scored 24 goals across all competitions this season – don’t want to buy him.
But as it stands, that kind of swap involving one or both Magpies targets is the apparently only way Gayle’s goalscoring talents will come through the door this summer.
In truth, having seen the success of unheralded hitman Teemu Pukki and Billy Sharp, Leeds should be looking to unearth a more affordable option than Gayle as they look to try and go one better next season and gain promotion.
That’s especially true if they’d be letting an academy product who clearly feels deeply for the club – Clarke and Phillips both fit that bill – leave.