Newcastle United will reportedly demand £10 million at the very least, if they are to be tempted to sell Dwight Gayle next month.
According to The Northern Echo, the striker is greatly admired by Steve Bruce which will seemingly make any January exit quite unlikely.
It is thought that West Bromwich Albion would love to have the 29-year-old back at the Hawthorns after a successful loan spell last season.
Gayle hasn’t been able to feature much for the Magpies this season after picking up a calf injury in pre-season.
So far he’s made just four substitute appearances, but Joelinton’s struggles in front of goal could soon lead to a first start.
The Echo add that Albion and another side interested, Nottingham Forest, would realistically have to offer around £15 million to sign Gayle next month. He will not be allowed another loan exit.
TBR’s view – Gayle should be kept
Newcastle shouldn’t really be tempted into selling Gayle because he could have a lot to offer Newcastle in the second half of the season.
Joelinton has shown little so far and could well need a full season to really adapt to English football.
And there can never be any guarantees with Andy Carroll given his rotten record with injuries.
Perhaps with Bruce at the helm, a manager that clearly values £40,000-a-week star Gayle (Spotrac) very highly, the striker could finally prove himself in the English top-flight.