According to the Chronicle Live, Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle rejected a return to West Brom, signalling his desire to stay and fight for a place at St James’ Park which has sparked mass debate on Twitter between members of the Hawthorns support.
The 28-year-old appears to be a popular figure in the West Midlands after his goal-laden exploits helped guide the club to the Championship playoffs last season – he scored 24 goals in 40 appearances as the Baggies lost to eventual winners Aston Villa.
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic went on a last-minute dash for some new signings on deadline day, securing four new names including a striker in Southampton’s Charlie Austin who joined the club in a £4m move.
The club were only able to offer Gayle another season-long loan with the possibility of signing him permanently if the club won promotion this coming season but it is reported that the 2017 Championship winner turned it down.
One supporter said it was very surprising to hear whilst another added that it hurt to read the reports which emerged late after the deadline had passed.
Others couldn’t put the blame on the 28-year-old claiming it is understandable at this stage of his career with one fan adding that Gayle has their love but it’s time to move on.
Here’s the best of the reaction…
Very surprising to hear he rejected West Brom #wba
— ND (@nitind07) August 8, 2019
That hurt me to read Mark, thanks.
— ZacWBA (@ZacG_) August 8, 2019
Interesting he turned us down. Seemed the right deal for all parties that one
— Brett Osborne (@WBABrett) August 8, 2019
Would imagine it’ll be down to a number of things. He’d had to have had a pay cut (reported Austin has had a significant one), and he’s looking to settle the family. Don’t go up and he’s looking elsewhere again.
Shame, though. He’s absolutely loved at Albion.
— Adam Townsend (@Adam_Townsend) August 8, 2019
Completely understand at this stage of his career. Who knows, if he doesn’t get his place come January, we could go again ?
— Lauren ? (@LaurenWBA) August 8, 2019
Can’t believe it tbh Dwight literally said he wanted to move here sooo
— Mish (@WbaFusion) August 8, 2019
Got to be wages, we probably wanted to halve them.
— Neil. (@vespaned) August 8, 2019
Dissappointing January may be it or we may have to wait til next summer either way wanna see this man back
— lewis beetison (@tightistight) August 8, 2019
Gutting to hear, but hopefully one day he’ll be back & no doubt welcomed with open arms.
— lise #wba (@lise_Jane77) August 8, 2019
You can’t blame him for that. Love the bloke but we move on. Let’s focus all the love on Charlie. He’s got the attributes to turn this league on its head!
— LNEY (@laneythebaggie) August 8, 2019