The Evening Standard have claimed that relegated Fulham want to sign Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle this summer, after West Bromwich Albion ruled out making his loan move a permanent one.
Gayle, 28, starred for West Brom last season, proving once again he is one of the best Championship strikers around. He found the back of the net 23 times in 39 outings, as well as laying on eight assists.
Newcastle loaned Gayle out to West Brom in a deal that saw Salomon Rondon move to St. James’ Park, and there is still hope that a swap deal could be orchestrated for both players – with Newcastle keen to keep Rondon.
But Fulham are looking to throw a spanner in the works by luring Gayle to west London, in a move that could see him replace Aleksandar Mitrovic leave. The Serbian ace is unlikely to want to remain at Fulham after the relegation.
Fulham have been quoted an enormous £20million to sign Gayle and although he is an excellent addition to any Championship side, that fee is very expensive.
He does guarantee goals, but at such a high figure, Newcastle will struggle to sell the former Crystal Palace star – who they bought for just £10million in the summer of 2016.