Sheffield Wednesday appear unlikely to make a splash for reported target Dwight Gayle this month, according to The Star reporter Dom Howson.
The Owls have been linked to a vast array of strikers since the transfer window opened at the start of January, which has no doubt been spurred on by manager Garry Monk’s comments over his desire to strengthen that area.
Their interest in the 29-year-old has been reported by the Daily Mail, who claim Newcastle are willing to let him go out on loan with an obligation to buy for £10m.
Howson was asked whether there was any truth in the speculation, he responded:
“Wednesday like Gayle and I understand they tried to sign him in the summer transfer window.
“Gayle is a proven, prolific goal-scorer at this level and Newcastle are believed to be willing to let him leave on loan. But most Championship clubs will struggle to match Gayle’s reported £65,000 a week salary and fork out a hefty loan fee to secure his services.”
Wednesday’s need to land a striker this month has increased tenfold, but they cannot afford to risk their finances in order to find a solution.
No other Owls players has scored anywhere close to the same amount with a trio of players sitting on three for the season, per WhoScored.
Gayle proved he was a lethal and prolific option in the Championship last season, scoring 24 times whilst on loan to West Brom as they made the playoffs.
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However, at £10m alongside reported wages of £60k-per-week, this would be a financial nightmare for the club, especially after Monk suggesting that they will be consigned to the loan market for any new additions.
It also appears as if it is the club’s target rather than one of Monk’s as there was interest for him in the summer.