West Brom will need a sequence of events to fall into place if they are to secure former loan star Dwight Gayle this month, according to The Sun’s Alan Nixon.
The Baggies hold the 29-year-old in high regard following a goal-laden spell at the Hawthorns last season where he found the net 24 times.
Albion tried to secure him again in the summer, but their plans were foiled over the finances involved in any potential deal, the Express & Star revealed they had pulled out on a permanent move over his £55k-per-week wages.
West Brom would ‘love‘ to sign the Magpies frontman this month, but Nixon says three things will need to occur for that to happen…
Newcastle sign someone. Gayle gets fit. The price and deal changes. Those are the three boxes to tick. https://t.co/vyCHP4zrZp
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 16, 2020
Although, Newcastle appear to have some cash left as they have been mooted by the Daily Mail with a £20m move for Nice midfielder Wylan Cyprien.
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The next factor is Gayle regaining fitness after picking up an injury last time out against Wolves, he lasted just 28 minutes before being withdrawn, but reports suggest he won’t be on the sideline for as long as first feared. He could be back in training before the end of the month.
And finally, a combination of the above should cause the price for his signature to decrease while an agreement over his wages will also need to be met.
Nixon has tweeted in the past that the Magpies would be willing to see him leave for just £8m, which would contradict both of the figures mentioned previously.
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If all three of those boxes get ticked, then there will surely be a joyous return for Gayle at the Hawthorns.
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