According to the Chronicle’s Lee Ryder, Newcastle United have told Dwight Gayle that the door is ‘wide open’ for him to return to St James’ Park next season – with them refusing to include a buyout clause in his loan move to West Brom.
Considering his stunning form at The Hawthorns so far this season – with him bagging 9 goals and 5 assists so far – it’s fair to say Baggies fans won’t be too pleased to hear this.
That being said, it sounds his potential stay (or sale) will depend on a factors. Will he return and be promised game time? (I’d say that’s unlikely if we go in the direction Rafa wants us too). Will West Brom gain promotion? (They may only be able to afford him if they do).
Here’s a snippet from Lee Ryder’s piece:
While the striker has proved to be a success for the Baggies, the door remains wide open for him to return to Newcastle United at the end of the season.
The Chronicle understands that Newcastle refused to place a buyout clause in the deal which took place in August.
Gayle is focusing on nothing but helping West Brom deliver promotion this season after Darren Moore’s side dropped out of the Premier League in May.
Failure to win promotion could end any slender hopes of signing Gayle on a permanent transfer.
Yet Gayle is understood to be open to resuming his career at St James’ Park if he gets the opportunity.
The striker’s contract with the Magpies runs until 2021 and West Brom – who are struggling financially – will have to stump up a big fee to make the move permanent as well as offer the striker a competitive wage packet.
In all honesty, I’d be happy to cash in on Gayle if it meant we were able to secure Rondon permanently.
Both are in their late 20’s, but it’s clear to me which of the two fits Rafa’s system better – with Rondon’s all round game, ability to bring others into play and lead the line far superior to Gayle’s for me.
Ideally, Gayle would be an options in our pool of strikers, as he does have a decent eye for goal and great work ethic, but I struggle to see where he fits in our plans moving forward.