Newcastle United are ready to green light the exit of star striker Dwight Gayle if a buying club meets the £10million asking price, with Stoke City chasing his capture, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claim on their website that the Magpies are willing to let the 28-year-old leave two years after he joined from Crystal Palace, but only on the condition that they recoup the full price they paid the Eagles.
It is said that recently relegated Stoke are eyeing up a swoop for the £40,000-a-week, as reported by Sillyseason.com, star, having been a mainstay at St James’ Park this season, making 36 appearances and scoring five goals across all competitions.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle have had no luck with their strikers this season and it is an area of real issue for manager Rafael Benitez going into the summer transfer window. All of the current options at St James’ Park, as well as Aleksandar Mitrovic, Adam Armstrong and Ivan Toney, all of which are out on loan, seem as though they have a price on their head which would see them leave, and there is an argument for each and every one to see themselves out the door on Tyneside. Gayle has been the preferred option up top in the starting XI but that means very little considering his poor goal return, and if Benitez could get rid of them all and replace them with proven goal scoring talent, you can be certain he would. Still, it seems a huge risk to conduct a major overhaul of one position and of those likely to remain, it seems Gayle would be the number one option. Whether that is the case come summer is another matter entirely.
In other Newcastle United transfer news, Rafa Benitez has been handed the club’s budget for the summer window as they receive an £80million windfall.