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Stoke City set to win race for in demand Newcastle player



Stoke City are closing in on the signing of Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle, Daily Telegraph journalist John Percy has reported.

Gayle has seemingly been made available for transfer by the Magpies this summer, and several Championship clubs have been credited with an interest in the 32-year-old.

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Now however, it seems as though it is the Potters who will in fact win the race to secure the services of the striker.

According to this latest update from Percy, it is Stoke who are now close to completing the signing of Gayle, in what will apparently be a permanent deal for the Potters.

It is thought that the striker completed the first part of his medical with the Championship club today, and a deal could be announced this week.

If confirmed, Gayle could become Stoke’s sixth senior signing of the summer transfer window, followng Aden Flint, Josh Laurent, Liam McCarron and the on-loan duo of Harry Clarke and Gavin Kilkenny in joining Michael O’Neill’s side.

The Verdict

This does look as though it would be an excellent signing for Stoke if they get it done.

The Potters are short on options in attack this moment, with only Jacob Brown and Tyrese Campbell available as established centre forward options at the club.

However, the addition of Gayle will provide the club with a proven source of goals at Championship level, and someone with the experience to provide those young forwards with plenty of insight.

Given the level of interest there has been in the 32-year-old this summer, confirming this deal would surely also represent a major statement of intent from Stoke ahead of the new campaign.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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