It will cost Leeds United £15m if they want to sign Dwight Gayle from Newcastle United this January.
Leeds are planning for the scenario where Eddie Nketiah is recalled to Arsenal in the winter window, with The Athletic reporting last week that Gayle was someone the Elland Road club liked.
However, Financial Fair Play worries and Gayle’s wage mean that Leeds isn’t likely to be the striker’s destination, with Nottingham Forest and the City Ground much more realistic.
Now, the Telegraph have quoted Newcastle’s stance over the 29-year-old, revealing that the Magpies will only consider Gayle’s exit if their £15m valuation is met, which they believe will be out of the reach of sides in the Championship.
Steve Bruce doesn’t want to see Gayle leave St James’ Park, despite the interest from Leeds, Forest and West Bromwich Albion – three team chasing promotion in the Championship.
Gayle has become something of a specialist goalscorer in recent Championship seasons; firing Newcastle to promotion in 2016/17, before bagging 24 goals last year during a season-long loan with West Bromwich Albion.
Since linking back up with Newcastle in the summer, Gayle has made only four league appearances and played 45 minutes of football, failing to score a single goal for the Magpies.
£15m is a lot of money for a Championship club to be spending in the January transfer window, even if promotion is on the cards for Leeds, Forest or West Brom.
Yes, Gayle scores you goals, but the FFP restrictions in place make it a risk not worth taking.
Unless Newcastle’s stance changes, it is hard to imagine that we will see Gayle in the Championship during the second-half of the season.
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