According to the Daily Mail, Newcastle United will only loan Dwight Gayle out this month if the club that takes him agrees to sign him on a permanent deal for £20m in the summer.
It’s been well documented that Gayle may make way this month if we’re to free up space in Steve Bruce’s squad, but these demands seem more likely to scare off potential suitors.
Leeds and West Brom have both been linked, but the Mail claim Nottingham Forest have been off put as a result of our excessive demands.
Gayle has an impressive goalscoring record in the Championship, scoring 23 goals in 32 games for the Magpies in 2016/17, as well as firing another 23 in the division last season when on loan at West Brom, but he’s now 29 and strugglign to stay fit, making a £20m ‘obligation to buy’ unrealistic?
Elsewhere, The Chronicle have revealed that a clause exists in Federico Fernandez’s contract that will give us the chance to extend his contract by another year.
Fernandez has been a mainstay in the Newcastle back-line since his re-introduction to the side, but is now entering the final six months of his deal at St James’ Park.
The Chronicle claim he’s keen to stay, with him settled in the north-east after his young daughter was born on Tyneside, so you’d like to think we’d activate the clause.
After all, why would we pass up on the option to keep one of our best centre-backs at the club for another year when he’s looking to stick around!
As for Gayle, he’s been a fantastic player for this club in terms of what he was brought in to do – get us out the Championship at the first time of asking – but his time at the club has gone stale and it feels like time he was moved on, for everyone’s sake.
That said, we can only afford to let him go if a replacement arrived – although it seems quite clear Bruce would only sanction his exit if exactly that happened.