According to Lee Ryder, Dwight Gayle now looks likely to stay at Newcastle United this summer after Stoke City refused to pay the club’s £15m plus asking price.
The striker returned to Tyneside after bagging 24 goals during a loan spell with West Brom last season, however he’s become somewhat of a forgotten man, with a calf injury meaning he’s yet to feature in any of our four pre-season friendlies so far.
The Chronicle claim that Stoke made an enquiry to sign the 28-year-old, however any move to the Potters looks dead, with them refusing to pay our asking price (believed to be ‘north of £15m’) and being unable to afford his wage demands.
With Rondon and Joselu’s exits in mind, this summer could’ve given Gayle the ideal chance to force his way into Steve Bruce’s plans, however he still appears to be struggling with a calf injury picked up during our tour of China in the Premier League Asia Trophy.
Top Championship sides like Fulham and Middlesbrough have been credited with interest and may yet make late moves, but it’s looking increasingly likely the he ends up staying put.
That said, he’ll be unable to play in the first game of the 2019/20 season whatever happens, with him facing a one-match suspension after picking up a red card against Aston Villa in May’s Championship play-off semi-finals.