Gayle could fill void if West Bromwich Albion lose attacking figures

West Bromwich Albion should ponder a move for Newcastle United forward Dwight Gayle if Salomon Rondon or Jay Rodriguez leave.

What’s the word?

The Baggies could potentially be in desperate need to find a new man to lead the line.

Both Rondon and Rodriguez are believed to be attracting interest from elsewhere following the club’s relegation to the Championship.

Last season, the Baggies severely lacked an attacking threat, but that could change if they bring in Newcastle’s Gayle.

The 27-year-old, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, joined the Magpies in 2016 and played a crucial role in Rafael Benitez’s team achieving promotion at the first time of asking.

Last season, though, Gayle only managed to score six goals in 35 top-flight matches.

Is a deal likely?

The forward still has three years left on his contract, which means that the Baggies may be forced to pay a big fee.

Given that the club were recently demoted, they will be keeping a close eye on spending, and do not want to put themselves in a position where they overpay.

It may also be difficult to persuade Gayle to drop back into the second tier when he could stay in the Premier League and fight for his place.

On the other hand, taking into account the forward’s poor return last season, perhaps he needs a fresh challenge to give himself a new lease of life.