The Chronicle have claimed that Dwight Gayle opted to turn down a loan-to-buy move which would have seen the striker return to West Bromwich Albion – as he is keen to fight for his place on Tyneside.
Gayle, 28, went on loan to West Brom last season in a deal which saw Salomon Rondon move to St. James’ Park. Gayle found the back of the net 24 times in 41 games, laying on eight assists.
Despite that, Newcastle were willing to let him leave if a suitable offer was made, with two years left on Gayle’s contract. The Toon agreed a deal which would see West Brom sign him on loan, with a £15m permanent clause.
But Gayle has turned down the move for two reasons. One, he wants to fight for his place at Newcastle and two, if he was to leave it needed to be immediately permanent. Stoke City tried to do the latter, but could not agree terms.
TBR’s view – Can Gayle reignite Newcastle career?
Gayle is one of those strikers that is an absolute goal machine in the Championship but struggles to adapt in the Premier League. Indeed, Gayle has 59 goals in 100 second-tier appearances. But just 21 in 99 Premier League games.
The Toon made a surprise, though emotional move to re-sign Andy Carroll on a 12-month deal and Gayle now has competition from the Newcastle favourite – as well as club-record signing Joelinton.
But if he can impress from the bench and notch a couple of early goals, there is no reason to say Gayle will not have a future on Tyneside.