According to the Northern Echo, Dwight Gayle is set to return from injury ‘within 3 weeks’ – despite fears he would out much longer.
The Echo reveal that Newcastle believed the striker would be out for at least SIX weeks when he limped off with a new hamstring injury in last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Wolves, however it sounds like he’s set to make a quicker recovery than first expected.
This could be good news for Bruce, who’s insisted the 29-year-old is ‘going nowhere’ this month, however it could be good news for several Championship sides eyeing a late January bid, too.
Bruce seems adamant Gayle wouldn’t leave this month, regularly stating how many times he’s tried to sign him in the past, but I get the feeling the club would cash in or we’d accept a late loan offer if a superior striker became available to us in the coming two weeks of the window.
He played very well before he hobbled off last weekend, playing a huge part in Almiron’s goal, bagging an assist, showing good movement and pressing Wolves well, but there’s a feeling he either A) can’t keep fit or B) isn’t up to it at Premier League level when he does.
The Northern Echo claim that both Leeds Utd and ex-club West Brom – the Championship’s top two – are both keen to sign him this month, however our alleged demands appear to be putting people off – and his latest injury won’t help.
Nottingham Forest have also been linked, yet it’s reported we’re demanding that any loan move includes an ‘obligation to buy’ of £20m – as well as asking any buyer to pay his alleged £65,000 wage packet in full for the rest of the season.
He may be prolific in the second tier, but I don’t see us offloading him anytime soon if we continue to stick with these demands!