Danny Mills has suggested that Steve Bruce has held talks with Dwight Gayle over his future at Newcastle United after remaining on Tyneside past Thursday’s transfer deadline.
The former Manchester City and England star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, says that it did not appear as though the Magpies were trying to push the 28-year-old forward out the door despite having numerous options up front.
Bruce brought in Joelinton as a big-money signing and also secured a deadline day return for Andy Carroll, with Yoshinori Muto already at St James’ Park.
Mills says that Gayle’s impressive record in the Championship will not have gone unnoticed by Bruce, who has spent many years managing in the second tier, and that the manager will have spoken to Gayle about his plans moving forward.
“Gayle has done exceptionally well in the Championship,” Mills told Football Insider.
“I think Steve Bruce has said to him: ‘I’ve come in here, I know the Championship,’ he’ll have seen Dwight Gayle an awful lot and maybe he just thinks there is a role for him here.
“If he works hard, he will give him that chance. It didn’t look like Newcastle were trying to get rid of him, put it that way.”
Gayle spent last season on loan at West Brom, with Salomon Rondon heading to St James’ Park, and the former Crystal Palace man once again proved his worth in the second tier.
He netted 24 goals in 41 appearances for the Baggies, but has yet to translate his form in the Championship to the Premier League with just 21 in 99 top-flight outings.
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