West Brom may yet move to bring Dwight Gayle back to The Hawthorns in the summer transfer window, if Salomon Rondon returns to Newcastle, The Daily Mail have reported.
Gayle enjoyed an outstanding campaign on loan from Newcastle at West Brom last season, top scoring for The Baggies with 24 goals in 40 Championship appearances, as the Midlands side missed out on an immediate promotion back to the Premier League, following a play-off semi-final defeat to local rivals Aston Villa.
Following that failure to win promotion, the club’s technical director Luke Dowling had revealed to The Express and Star that the club would not be attempting to bring Gayle back in the summer transfer window, as they would not pay ‘Premier League contracts’.
Now however, it appears as though the move could be back on, with reports claiming that newly appointed Baggies manager Slaven Bilic is reluctant to lose Gayle, and will look to a make his return to The Hawthorns part of any deal that sees Rondon move to Newcastle.
As part of the deal that saw Gayle move temporarily to West Brom last season, Rondon was sent on loan in the other direction, with the Venezuelan proving a big hit at St James’ Park, scoring 12 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions to help keep Newcastle in the top flight.
It appears as though a return to Newcastle is Rondon’s preferred outcome for the summer transfer window, with The Chronicle reporting that The Magpies will be given as much time as possible to complete a deal for the Venezuelan, despite interest from other Premier League sides.
This is a deal that would surely make perfect sense for all concerned.
Rondon was brilliant for Newcastle last season, as was Gayle for West Brom, with both players appearing to form an affinity with their temporary homes.
Bringing the two strikers back would be a huge boost for both sides, and you would expect they would be able to complete a deal for both players, given their overall desire to bring them back, and the fact that they were able to reach a similar agreement this time 12 months ago.