By Danny Wright
Wolves have approached Newcastle with an enquiry for striker Dwight Gayle, according to a report.
The Express and Star claims that the West Midlands club are now desperate to find a new striker before the transfer window slams shut on Thursday night and at the last minute have turned their attention to Gayle, 27, after the Magpies told him that he was no longer needed at St. James’ Park.
Nouha Dicko completed his transfer to Hull on Tuesday. leaving loanee Leo Bonatini as Nuno Espirito Santo’s only traditional forward who can lead the line of attack.
It is now understood that Wolves have made last-gasp contact with last season’s Championship title winners about the possibility of signing Gayle after TeamTalk reported that Newcastle have slapped a £10million price tag on his head as they look to ship the ex-Crystal Palace player out before Thursday’s deadline.
However the Express and Star reports that Wolves are unlikely to get a deal done for the Premier League forward.
It is said that his wages are too high and there is intense interest from other clubs, meaning that Wolves could be left well out of the running.
Gayle has a proven track record for finding the net in the Championship, having scored a total of 36 goals in 61 appearances in the second-tier, with 23 of them coming last season.
Football Insider Verdict
Gayle would be a great signing for not only Wolves, but every team in the Championship. His goal scoring record in the second-tier means that he could be the difference between a team earning promotion or a team falling to a mediocre mid-table spot. If Gayle had become available earlier in the window, Wolves would surely have been on top of it straight away. At £10million it’s also something that the club could afford, but as the report says, there is probably going to be a lot of other interest in the striker with Premier League teams perhaps desperate to make a late swoop for him.