According to The Chronicle, Dwight Gayle has ‘no desire’ to leave Newcastle United and has turned down personal terms offered by West Brom – explaining why a part-exchange involving Salomon Rondon is now in doubt.
This comes in response to Sky’s claims that Rondon’s move to Newcastle has stalled, suggesting that Gayle’s reluctance to leave is the major problem here.
West Brom are believed to have ‘made it clear’ that they want Gayle in a swap deal for Rondon, however it’s claimed the Newcastle number 9 is only willing to leave the club if he receives an offer he ‘can’t refuse’ – something they’ve clearly been unable to offer him.
As far as our attempts to sign Rondon are concerned, The Chronicle now suggest that we may be forced to cough up the full £16.5m fee for the Venezuelan striker.
Here’s the latest from Lee Ryder’s latest piece for The Chronicle:
‘West Bromwich Albion have been unable to offer Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle satisfactory personal terms to trigger an incoming deal for Salomón Rondón.
‘Gayle has continued to get on with life as normal at United during their stay in Portugal and could even get another run out in their penultimate friendly of pre-season against SC Braga tonight.
‘Rondón remains near the top of Rafa Benitez’s summer wanted list but West Brom have made it clear they want Gayle in a swap deal.
‘However, Gayle is not prepared to leave the Magpies unless he gets an offer he can’t refuse.
‘The Toon number 9 has never shown any desire to quit Newcastle and wants to fight for his place at St James’ Park.
‘It means Newcastle may have to cough up the full fee for Rondón should Gayle remain on Tyneside.’
So, it sounds like two big things need to change in order to make this work.
A) West Brom need to offer Gayle a package that would tempt him to leave as part of a part-exchange or B) We need to just pay Rondon’s release clause and treat Gayle as a separate deal.
Option ‘B’ is something we *should* be capable of doing after the £22m sale of Aleksandar Mitrovic, however it’s been clear for weeks now that Mike Ashley is reluctant to sanction such a deal for a player who turns 29 in September (which probably explains why we were trying to offload Gayle as part of the deal to soften the ‘blow’).
With just over 8 days left to go, we need to find a solution and quickly on this one – especially when Rafa wants much more than just a striker over the next week.