Dwight Gayle could be set for a return to the Championship on transfer deadline day as Newcastle United are busy.
Former West Brom striker Gayle, who became a fan favorite during his season-long loan to the Hawthorns in 2018-19 when he scored 24 goals as Albion came close to winning promotion in Premier League, is on the outskirts of St James’s Park.
The Magpies, under Eddie Howe, are planning a busy final day of the January window as they look to stay in the top flight, despite having won just two games all season. They have signed Kieran Trippier, Chris Wood and Bruno Guimaraes, and hope to add more players before 11pm tonight.
This list includes Reims’ Hugo Ekitike, another striker to add to Wood’s snap from Burnley, so Gayle’s chances of playing first-team football with Joelinton and Callum Wilson – albeit currently injured – also look available to Howe. indeed thin.
Gayle, 32, is expected to miss out on a place in Newcastle’s 25-man squad that will be submitted to the Premier League when the window closes and he, like fellow fringe players Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick, will not be deprived of the possibility of playing first-team football elsewhere if the opportunity arises.
Nottingham Forest are interested in such a side but the Mirror add there are others in the Championship who would accept Gayle on a short-term loan.
“We’ll just have to assess the situation at the end of the window,” Howe said recently of Gayle and others who aren’t expected to be involved again anytime soon.
“Obviously I would never leave a player in a position where he couldn’t play for us, and he doesn’t have the option of being loaned out.
“I don’t think that’s fair. We will try to be fair to everyone and let them know where they stand.
“It’s not really something I’ve thought about too much, the focus is on the other way, trying to bring players and improve the team, rather than worrying about the situation. another way, but there will come a time when this, potentially, can be very important.