Stoke City are interested in signing Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle, according to the print edition of The Telegraph via the Sky Sports News Paper Talk page.
Despite signing Benik Afobe on a six-month loan deal which will turn permanent in January, Stoke are keen on bringing in £10m-rated Gayle this summer.
The Potters are ready to listen to offers for a trio of strikers as they aim for wholesale changes up front.
According to The Stoke Sentinel, Peter Crouch, Mame Biram Diouf and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting can all leave if a decent offer comes in.
None of those three strikers hit double figures for the Potters last year and Rowett is ready to consider alternative options up front.
Gayle is a major target as he continues to struggle for regular minutes in the first-team at Newcastle.
The 27-year-old was mainly an impact substitute last season, scoring six goals in the Premier League, but he netted an impressive 23 goals in 32 games for the Magpies in the Championship in 2016/17.
This has convinced Rowett to spend an eight-figure sum to bring the diminutive striker to the bet365 Stadium and Stoke will press ahead with this deal.
This deal works for all parties. Newcastle do not seem to favour him and can use that £10m to bring in their own striker.
Stoke would benefit from signing a proven Championship goal scorer to spearhead their promotion bid.
And for Gayle, he would get more playing time and the chance to star in the Championship again.
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