London club tables eight-figure bid for Newcastle star - Sky Sports
By Danny Wright
Fulham have tabled a £15million bid for Newcastle’s star striker Dwight Gayle, according to a report.
Sky Sports News claimed on their official Twitter account on Wednesday morning that the Cottagers had come forward with an offer for Gayle, 26, after the Daily Star claimed that Newcastle would be willing to part company with their top goalscorer of last season.
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It was understood that the Newcastle wanted £18million for the ex-Crystal Palace forward, who played a major part in helping Rafa Benitez’s side win the Championship title last season by scoring 23 goals in 32 league appearances.
London club Fulham’s opening eight-figure offer appears to be £3million short of the Magpies’ reported valuation, but with the Benitez looking eager to fund a last-gasp summer transfer blitz, he may want to cash in on the luckless star.
After a stunning start to life on Tyneside, Gayle has been struck down by a series of hamstring injuries, which appear to be effecting his confidence in his recent showings in the Premier League.
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He was left out of the squad that beat West Ham 3-0 on Saturday, casting further doubt over his career at St. James’ Park as Joselu and Aleksandar Mitovic both jumped above him in Benitez’s pecking order.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s unclear whether or not this is a hard decision for Benitez to make, but looking at Gayle’s record in the Premier League, and his recent run of injuries, it makes perfect sense to cash in. If the Magpies had put him up for sale earlier this summer they may have got more money. His 23 goals last season were a major factor in the club’s return to the top-flight and Championship teams will pay good money to have that sort of instinctive finishing in their team for their promotion campaigns. Gayle is a good striker but he never really scored consistently at Crystal Palace. £15million would be a good amount to reinvest in the team’s key problem areas.
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