According to The Mirror, Fulham will make a move to sign Dwight Gayle if they fail to secure the signing of fellow Newcastle striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
As confirmed by The Chronicle, Fulham are actually yet to agree a fee to sign the Serbian and it seems as though they are now considering potential plan b’s.
This is not the first time Slavisa Jokanovic’s has been linked with a move for Gayle – with them making a late £15m move to sign him last summer – however I’m struggling to see why they’d want him this time around.
Before we look at why it seems so unlikely, here’s a snippet from Simon Bird’s latest piece for The Mirror:
‘Newcastle risk losing Dwight Gayle to Fulham — if the Cottagers’ £20million deal for fellow Toon striker Aleksandar Mitrovic falls through.
‘Serbia international Mitrovic is just two days from a return to training on Tyneside – where he has no future under boss Rafa Benitez – because the long-standing transfer has yet to be completed.
‘Personal terms are said to have been agreed but nothing has been finalised between the clubs, although progress is anticipated this week.
‘Gayle is a fall-back option for Fulham, who have also been linked with Brazilian striker Willian Jose.’
I can totally see why they wanted him last summer, with him being the sort of prolific Championship striker who could’ve fired them back to the top flight, but his form ever since has been unconvincing at Premier League level – the league they now find themselves in.
Given the sort of money they’re spending, I can’t see them turning to a striker who scored just 6 times in the league last season..
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