Newcastle offer striker Dwight Gayle a free loan to Championship sides – but ‘want £20m if the club are promoted’ – The Irish Sun
NEWCASTLE have offered Dwight Gayle a free loan to Championship sides – but are said to have wanted £20million if the club are then promoted.
The striker, who is yet to score a goal in nine Premier League appearances for the Toon this season, is wanted at West Brom.
The 29-year-old, who helped the Baggies reach the play-offs last season, has also caught the eye of fellow promotion chasers Fulham and Nottingham Forest.
According to the Telegraph, Newcastle will allow Gayle to be loaned out free of charge, but will insist any club pay his £60,000-a-week salary in full.
The report adds that Championship teams must also agree to pay £20m, in two tranches of £10m each, if they then reach the Premier League.
Gayle’s former club West Brom are still interested in the services despite taking over Slaven Bilic in the summer and the Baggies top of the Second Division.
Under Darren Moore last season, the former Crystal Palace star scored 23 goals before returning to St James’ Park.
And SunSport revealed in October that Bilic was keen to bring him back to the club and add his pace to their top-flight strike force.
But Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has underlined his desire to keep Gayle at Tyneside after the club’s 1-1 draw with Wolves.
He said, “I have been asked this question over and over again. Why am I going to let him go on loan? And how far?
“It’s not possible, not with the problems we’ve had. I said that from day one.
“I waited for him for two and a half months because he was injured, then the team did well, so he struggled to come in.
“He’s not going anywhere, it’s pretty simple.”