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There’s a large section of the Nottingham Forest fan base that believe he will be the answer to their lack of options in front of goal and just recently, the future of the striker has been thrown in the air again.
Whilst there have been no concrete links suggesting that the Reds are set to make a bid for the 29-year-old, Paul Taylor of The Athletic believes that Forest will look to put themselves ‘at the front of the queue’ for his services come January.
However, they might find themselves looking at a locked door when they get to the front if Steve Bruce has anything to say about it.
The Newcastle boss recently spoke about the situation and says that Gayle still has a role to play at St James’ Park this season, thus handing a blow to any potential plans the Midlands outfit may have.
“I am delighted that he’s around us because he is a very, very good player. And I am delighted he’s here. He can knuckle down now and fight for his chance. I have tried to sign Dwight three times but could never afford him. It’s vitally important that he stays fit because he reminds me of why I have tried to buy him that many times.”
Judging by that last sentence, it looks as if he isn’t going to be going anywhere if Bruce has anything to say on the matter.
Whilst it is always possible that Gayle hands in a transfer request in order to get more playing time having only played four minutes this season, Forest could be better served looking elsewhere.
There are plenty of forwards out there for them to choose from, so it’s not as if this update is the end of the world.
It’s obvious that Forest need to start looking for a backup for Lewis Grabban, as he can’t be expected to carry the load on his own all season, as the display against Wigan Athletic showed. Indeed former Forest great Kenny Burns has suggested that the position should be their number one priority.
But judging by Bruce’s comments, Forest’s job of finding someone to fill that role just became that little bit harder.