Danny Mills suggested that Newcastle United may have to lower their expectations when it comes to potentially selling attacker Dwight Gayle.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international claimed that if clubs become aware that the Magpies want to get rid then they’re not going to pay full price to get Gayle.
It was recently reported that while the Magpies are unlikely to loan the centre-forward out in January they are willing to listen to offers for him.
It was believed in the summer that the Magpies were confident that someone would meet their £20million asking price for the 29-year-old, but Mills doesn’t think they should be confident anymore.
The ex-England defender explained that while £20million is a fair price for Gayle, it’s a buyer’s market and clubs will wait to see if they can get him any cheaper.
When asked if Newcastle would be able to get £20million for Gayle as they’re open to offers and that was his price tag in the summer, Mills told Football Insider: “Yeah but again it’s a buyer’s market.
“If team’s know you want to get rid of someone, they’re not going to offer you what you want.
“It’s like buying a house, if people know you’re desperate, they won’t pay it, they’ll play hardball and just wait and wait and wait until the eleventh hour and see how low you’re prepared to go.
“And this is sometimes where football owners should look at it more pragmatically, and accept £10million to get the deal done.
“Rather than wait around, if it goes on and on, it’ll drop to £15m, then £11m and it’s a lot of faffing around for a million pound, which let’s be honest, isn’t a lot of money.”
Gayle has struggled to feature under Steve Bruce this season with him playing just 150 minutes of action across his eight league outings.
The English centre-forward joined the Magpies from Crystal Palace in 2016 and is contracted to stay at St James Park until 2021.
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