Danny Mills claims that Leeds United hold the advantage over West Brom in their pursuit of Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former England full-back claims that the draw of Marcelo Bielsa, as well as having a serious chance of a promotion push, would tempt the 28-year-old to Elland Road rather than returning to the Hawthorns.
Gayle spent last season on loan with the Baggies, his 23 goals firing the midlands outfit to the Championship play-off semi-finals, and both Leeds and West Brom are said to have made contact over signing him for next season.
However, Mills says that if the two clubs were to match each other’s offers, he would tip the former Crystal Palace man to move to Yorkshire for a new challenge, rather than returning to West Brom.
Mills told Football Insider: “It’s obviously a club that he knows, that has pluses and minuses but maybe if Leeds can match everything, the enticement of Bielsa, the way that they play, he’d be the main man, 35,000 fans every week, massive away crowd and a real good opportunity to get into the play-offs and the Premier League.
“That could sway it. He’s probably thinking look at how way they play, I could get a few goals. If Leeds are serious and match the money, there’s a real, real good chance they could get him.”
Gayle has been prolific in the Championship with whatever side he has played in, netting at a rate of over a goal every two games with 59 in 100 appearances.
His Premier League record is less impressive, with 21 goals in his 99 top-flight outings.
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