By Danny Mills

6th Dec, 2019 | 7:00am

Exclusive: Mills claims Newcastle ace set for Jan exit - 'He'll be knocking on manager's door'

Danny Mills has claimed Dwight Gayle will be banging down Steve Bruce’s door as he looks to quit Newcastle United in January.

The striker, who returned to St James’ Park during the summer after a prolific season on loan at West Brom, has made just four substitute appearances under Bruce and was ignored again in last night’s 2-0 win at Sheffield United.

Football Insider revealed this week that Gayle, 29, is a target for multiple Championship clubs, including promotion hopefuls Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.

Newcastle climbed into 11th by winning at Bramall Lane as Bruce axed Joelinton and tasked Andy Carroll with his first start since his summer return.

That was major blow to Gayle, who now appears third choice in the centre-forward pecking order at the club.

Asked by Football Insider who may leave St James’ Park in January, Mills suggested Gayle is the most likely.

“I’ve been surprised (over his lack of minutes), he has done so well in the Championship, I don’t think they wanted him to go out on loan,” the ex-defender said.

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“Steve Bruce likes him but he hasn’t really been given an opportunity, especially when your
centre-forward has hardly scored.

“So he’ll be one knocking on the manager’s door, saying ‘play me or let me leave’.”

Gayle has an outstanding track record in the Championship, banging in 24 goals in 41 matches at West Brom last season.

The former Crystal Palace and Peterborough forward has scored 29 goals in 75 Newcastle games, although he has not been as prolific in the Premier League.

In other Newcastle United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed £25million deal in wages.