Report: Newcastle want to sell £10m man Bruce described as ‘invaluable’
According to the Northern Echo, Newcastle United will sell or loan out striker Dwight Gayle in the summer transfer window.
Gayle is set to sign a three-year contract to remain on Tyneside as his current deal expires this month. But Newcastle’s decision to present new terms is not an indication that he will play a prominent role next season.
Instead, the Toon are simply protecting their investment to avoid Gayle leaving as a free agent this summer. They do not feel the 31-year-old’s immediate or long-term future is at St James’ Park and hope to cash in.
Newcastle want to either sell or send Gayle out on loan before the start of the new Premier League season. Fulham and West Bromwich Albion are both interested in the London-born forward following their relegations to the Championship.
Gayle also scored just one goal after a delayed start to his campaign due to a pre-season knee injury that kept him sidelined until December. He scored that effort at home to West Brom on what was his first appearance of the term, as well.
Newcastle paid Crystal Palace £10million to sign Gayle in 2016 (ESPN). But he is now nearing the end of the five-year contract signed after leaving Selhurst Park. The £40,000-per-week attacker has been expected to accept lesser terms to extend his stay to 2024 (The Athletic).
TBR’s view: Newcastle must find a suitor for Gayle
Newcastle have taken a logical step of by presenting Gayle with a new contract to protect his value. But they must find a suitor willing to buy the centre-forward, otherwise they will only see his value plummet.
Gayle ended last season out of favour and out of form with fleeting cameo appearances and rare starts. Even a hamstring injury for Callum Wilson failed to see the 31-year-old establish himself at the forefront of Bruce’s plans. Despite the Toon boss previously dubbing Gayle ‘invaluable’ in the penalty area.
Newcastle will now struggle to make the £20m they hoped to secure by selling Gayle last year (Telegraph). And it remains to be seen if Fulham or West Brom are prepared to take on his wage now that they have returned to the second-tier.
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