Danny Mills has been left baffled as Newcastle United look set to tie down Dwight Gayle to a new long-term contract.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Leeds United defender cited Alan Pardew eight-year deal at St. James’ Park and admitted it is impossible to second-guess the club.
The Athletic‘s David Ornstein reports Gayle is set to put pen-to-paper on a new contract that will run until 2024 with his current deal set to expire this summer.
Manager Steve Bruce then confirmed the striker has been offered a new deal and it was “almost” completed.
Gayle has been a bit-part player this season with just two league starts under his belt.
However, he played a key role in the Magpies’ promotion from the Championship four years ago and many have suggested they are already planning for life back in the second-tier.
“It’s a strange one,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“He’s hardly played. Suddenly you’re throwing a new deal at him. It’s a bit early to be thinking about the Championship already. They could quite conceivably hold out.
“It’s an odd one. Who knows with Newcastle? Go back to Alan Pardew and the eight-year contract and this could be easily one of those times.
“I think it’s very, very difficult to second-guess what goes on.”
Gayle fired in 23 goals in 32 Championship games in the 2016/17 season as Newcastle romped to the title.
Across spells with Newcastle, Peterborough United and West Brom, the 31-year-old has 59 Championship goals in 100 appearances.