Newcastle United are set to open new contract talks with Dwight Gayle to prevent him quitting in January, Football Insider can reveal.
The striker, 30, is recovering from knee injury and is yet to play for the north-east giants this season.
But manager Steve Bruce does not want to lose one of the few proven goalscorers in his club ranks and has given the green light for a new deal for the long-time absentee.
A Newcastle source has told Football Insider the club are set to begin negotiations with Gayle and his representatives between now and his return to the side.
This site revealed yesterday that Gayle is progressing well in his recovery from knee surgery and the club are hopeful he will be able to play again in December.
That would be a major boost to Steve Bruce, who has been unable to call upon Gayle for any of Newcastle’s matches this season.
Callum Wilson has made an instant impact since his £20million move from Bournemouth and has netted four goals in five Premier League matches.
Club-record signing Joelinton has been deployed out wide to accommodate Wilson, while Andy Carroll has offered an alternative option up front.
Bruce also wants to call upon Gayle and does not want to lose him next year.
A new contract for the striker may be seen as a surprise given his age, regular injury problems and status as a squad man rather than first choice.
The former Crystal Palace man would be able to leave on a free next summer if he does not pen a new deal, or for a reduced fee in January.
Gayle banged in four Premier League goals from eight matches at the end of last season and had started to establish himself as the first choice up front before his injury.