Newly appointed West Brom manager Sam Allardyce may look to take advantage of Dwight Gayle’s contract situation at Newcastle United in January.

That is according to former Baggies and England striker Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs about the 30-year-old’s future at St. James’ Park.

Gayle has little over six months left on his current deal on Tyneside and could leave on a free transfer next summer.

Football Insider understands that club chiefs are set to resist offers for the striker in January as they hope to tie him down to a new contract in 2021.

Speaking to talkSPORT on Thursday, Allardyce revealed West Brom’s board have assured him that funds will be made available when the transfer window reopens next month.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected former Baggies forward Gayle to be targeted by the Premier League strugglers, Phillips said:

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“Every Championship team would take him and even a few lower-end Premier League teams.

“Going back to a West Brom, who need a goalscorer, would make sense. They need a goalscorer in their side.

“His teams tend to sit in and if you are going to play on the counter attack you need a goalscorer in your side.

“Dwight Gayle is a proven goalscorer and he is still very liked at West Brom. If he was made available I would think that Sam Allardyce would be interested.”

Gayle has been in and out of Steve Bruce’s side over the past 18 months and has featured as a substitute in their last three Premier League fixtures as he makes his comeback from a knee injury.

When on loan at The Hawthorns during the 2018/19 season, the English forward contributed an impressive 24 goals and eight assists.

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