Sky journalist details what needs to happen before Newcastle sell star Gayle
By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle will need to sign a new striker before the sell star Dwight Gayle ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, according to a reliable journalist.
Recent reports have claimed that the Magpies are considering allowing last season’s top scorer to leave the club and the Daily Star even reported on Tuesday that the north east giants were requesting as much as £18million for the 27-year-old.
However, Sky Sports’ north east reporter Keith Downie has since claimed via his personal Twitter account that Newcastle will only offload Gayle if they manage to bring someone else in.
Understand Newcastle could offload striker Dwight Gayle before Thursday's deadline – but only if they manage to line up a replacement.
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) August 29, 2017
Links to Liverpool forward Divock Origi have emerged in the last few hours and he could be being viewed as Gayle’s replacement.
Last summer’s signing from Crystal Palace topped the Newcastle goal charts in the last campaign, bagging a fine 23 goals in 32 outings.
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However, in his two starts in the Premier League this season he remained goalless injury kept him out of the weekend’s victory over West Ham.
Football Insider verdict:
It certainly makes sense for Newcastle to at least sign up a player before letting Gayle go, rather than taking the money and then searching for replacements with just over 48 hours of the window left. However, it is also a risky move as potential suitors aren’t going to wait for Gayle and will look to secure alternate targets to make sure they have a forward in, while the player himself won’t be too happy to hear Newcastle are willing to offload him. Premier League survival is the most important thing for the Magpies this summer and they must ensure they have a full and happy squad until January at the least.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the Magpies are hoping to land this duo before Thursday’s deadline.