According to Football Insider, Newcastle United are set to open talks with Dwight Gayle over a potential new contract.
As things stand, he’ll leave on a free next summer, with his current deal being due to expire in 2021.
The ‘exclusive’ also states that he could ‘quit’ in January if no new contract was offered – and it seems this is a situation Steve Bruce is desperate to avoid.
As a result, they report that the club are happy to begin talks over an extension, with the NUFC boss believing he’s one of few goalscorers in his ranks.
While this is true, it would be somewhat of a surprise to see Mike Ashley hand a new deal to a 30-year-old – especially when we’re believe to have handed him a hefty pay rise when he and Salomon Rondon swapped clubs for the season two years ago.
This also goes against what The Telegraph stated back in August, with them reporting that he’d ‘see out his contract’ and leave on a free next June.
With Muto having no future under Bruce, Carroll yet to score and Joelinton not a striker, it could be a wise decision to keep him for now – although his age and constant injury issues make me wonder if we should sell up in January and look for a more reliable replacement?
He’s due back in December after a knee injury over pre-season, but I’d be keen to see if he can stay fit before handing him a new deal.