According to the Daily Mail, Sheffield Wednesday are the latest Championship side in the hunt for Dwight Gayle as Newcastle United look to offload him this month.
It’s claimed that the Magpies will offer the 29-year-old out for loan this month, but any deal would include an obligation to buy for £10m, which effectively means any club can have him now but will have to pay up in the summer.
West Brom have been long-time admirers of their former temporary goal machine but were ruled out of signing him in the summer due to the finances involved while Nottingham Forest and Fulham also have reported interest.
Gayle picked up a hamstring injury in Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Wolves at the weekend, but it is not as bad as first feared, so the Premier League frontman will be able to return to training within the next two to three weeks.
The Owls have a pressing need to add a striker during this transfer window after suffering a monumental blow to Steven Fletcher, the 32-year-old picked up a severe knee injury against Brighton in the FA Cup and isn’t expected back for another eight or so weeks.
No player in the Wednesday squad is even close to being on the same level as him in terms of goals after notching 12 for the season so far – the next best is a quartet of players on three, per WhoScored.
Gayle proved last term that he was a prolific goalscorer in the division having netted 24 times for the Baggies, but despite this, he would undoubtedly be a waste in the system that manager Garry Monk currently operates.
Gayle has not won more than 1.9 aerial duels per game in the entire duration of his career since he signed for Crystal Palace in the 2013/14 season.
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The 29-year-old wouldn’t be a like-for-like replacement, and thus, he would find it hard to cope with the physical demands that Monk’s system hinges so heavily on.
An obligation of £10m is just a huge risk without the certainty of gaining promotion, the south Yorkshiremen are in no position to offer that just yet.