According to The Chronicle, Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has dismissed Stoke City’s £10m bid for Dwight Gayle.
However, The Chronicle has claimed that Benitez has made it clear that he will not be selling Gayle this summer unless a new centre-forward arrives at the club.
It is understood that Gayle is happy in Newcastle and does not want to move his young family, meanwhile, which seems to suggest that the striker will still be with the Magpies entering the new Premier League season.
There are question marks over Gayle’s ability to operate at Premier League level, however, and his future is believed to be far from secure despite Benitez’s stance.
There can be no doubting Gayle’s work-rate and commitment to the cause, and those two attributes have made him popular with the Newcastle fans.
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The striker’s 23 Championship goals during the 2016-17 season, meanwhile, played a key role in Newcastle securing a return to the Premier League.
He only managed six Premier League goals last term, however, and there are not too many reasons to suggest that he will improve on that total next term.
If Newcastle are to cement themselves as a top-10 team in the Premier League, they will need to find a striker who can score at least 12 league goals a season.
Valued at £9m by transfermarkt.co.uk, Gayle is a brilliant success story having progressed from non-league football to the Premier League, but Newcastle should be looking for an upgrade on the centre-forward in this summer’s transfer window.