By Danny Wright

29th Aug, 2017 | 3:06pm

Leeds handed major PL striker transfer boost as asking price crashes nearly 50% - reports

By Danny Wright

Leeds have been handed a massive boost in their hopes of landing Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle after his asking price plummeted by £8million, according to reports.

TeamTalk editor James Marshment reported on his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that the Magpies are now looking to just recoup the £10million they spent on him last summer after showing the ex-Crystal Palace forward the exit door at St. James’ Park.

This comes after the Daily Star claimed that Newcastle would only be willing to part company with the proven Championship goalscorer, who is wanted by the Whites, if they can receive £18million and find a replacement.

However in a major development, his asking price has crashed almost 50 per cent as Leeds look to reinvest the £15million received from Chris Wood’s sale to Burnley last week.

TeamTalk reported on their official Twitter account that Premier League striker Gayle’s agent is now working on a move for his client, whose goal scoring record in the Championship last season was only bettered by Wood.

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Gayle scored 23 goals in 32 league appearances last season and could have arguably beaten Wood to the golden boot award if the second half of his campaign wasn’t hampered by a series of hamstring injuries that are continuing to cause him problems this term,

Football Insider Verdict

Rafa Benitez has been left majorly frustrated by this summer’s lack of transfer activity and it seems that he is so desperate to make a quick buck that he’s willing to offload the best player he had last season. Leeds should definitely make a late swoop for the striker at £10million. Pawel Cibicki and Pierre-Michel Lasogga are widely reported to be wanted by the Whites, but they should abandon those pursuits and go for someone who is proven at finding the net in the Championship. A signing like Gayle, for as cheap as £10million, could really fire Leeds into promotion contention this season.

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