Championship club West Brom have reportedly abandoned their pursuit for Newcastle United attacker Dwight Gayle.
According to the Express and Star, the Magpies have informed West Brom they don’t want to send the 28-year-old out on loan after an approach.
It is understood that West Brom manager Slaven Bilic was keen on a loan deal for Gayle, but it would take a permanent move to prize him away from St James’ Park and they can’t afford his £65,000-a-week deal.
The report explains that the Baggies don’t want to wait until the final hours of the transfer window to see if Gayle becomes available on loan and are “pushing ahead” with other forward targets.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce should be pleased with the update, as he’s made it clear he wants to keep Gayle in his squad.
“Gayle has always been part of my plans. I’ve tried to buy him twice but could never afford him. We’ve got a nice balance in attack,” Bruce said, as quoted by the Express and Star.
Meanwhile, the Northern Echo reports that Bruce has been trying to persuade the centre-forward to stay amid interest from West Brom and Leeds United.
Gayle spent last season out on loan with West Brom, but it seems like he won’t be returning to the Hawthorns in the new season.
He scored 24 times in 41 games across all competitions for them and has proven during his career to be lethal at Championship level.
Bruce clearly feels he can make an impact in the top-flight with his squad this campaign and it seems like may remain in the North-East.
He will have to play second fiddle to new marquee signing Joelinton in attack, but Gayle is a clinical finisher that is a great option to have off the bench and may be set for a Newcastle revival.