Dwight Gayle has seemingly found himself tarnished with the brush that he is too good for the Championship, but not good enough for the Premier League.
He is certainly absolutely lethal in the second tier last season, with 24 goals to his name across all competitions during a loan spell at West Brom, who came within a penalty shoot-out of making it into the Championship play-off final.
But, according to the BBC, the Baggies won’t be buying him this summer after technical director Luke Dowling explained the size of his wages would pose a problem.
He said: “Dwight’s contract is a Premier League contract. We will pay Premier League contracts but only when we are back in the Premier League.
“It won’t be the news Albion fans want to hear, but they need to trust us and know we are doing everything right for this football club. We don’t want to keep players on big contracts and then have to lay off normal staff and make people redundant.”
So Gayle won’t be making the West Midlands his permanent home this summer, but it seems he needs a move because Rafa Benitez has never really trusted him, despite being short on goals season in and season out.
But Gayle can cut it in the Premier League – contrary to popular belief – but he needs regular gametime and preferably a strike partner.
And the man who signed for Newcastle for £10m (Guardian) in 2016 could get that at newly-promoted Sheffield United, who have a habit of pushing players onto the next level.
Gayle would be a hugely shrewd addition this summer and Newcastle would likely be open to a deal for a player for whom it looks a long way back into Rafa Benitez’s plans.