Stoke City are struggling in their attempts to sign Dwight Gayle this summer, with Newcastle United brushing off a £10m bid for the striker.
Gary Rowett is desperately looking to bolster his Stoke squad this summer ahead of their return to the Sky Bet Championship, with Gayle one man on his radar.
However, a report in the Chronicle Live has stated that Rafa Benitez will not be moving Gayle on this summer unless a suitable replacement is found at St James’ Park.
Newcastle have brushed off Stoke’s interest so far this summer, with the striker seemingly settled in the North East.
Stoke have been told to increase their offer for Gayle and are also struggling to put together a suitable personal package for the 27-year-old, who wants a long-term deal.
Gayle has been with Newcastle for two years now, scoring 29 goals for the Magpies in 67 league appearances.
23 of those goals came in the Championship during the 2016/17 campaign, with Gayle spearheading Newcastle’s promotion back to the Premier League.
Last season, Gayle bagged six Premier League goals in black and white.
Newcastle don’t appear keen to offload Gayle at all this summer, with the Premier League outfit playing hardball despite Stoke offering reasonable money.
The striker is an excellent Championship marksman and is still useful in the Premier League.
He would undoubtedly improve Stoke ahead of next season, making it interesting to see if Rowett goes back in with a big move for the striker.
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