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West Brom: Bruce can seal next masterclass with Dwight Gayle swoop

West Bromwich Albion announced their third new signing of the summer transfer window on Monday as they confirmed their three-year deal for Okay Yokuslu.

Having spent the second half of the 2020/21 Premier League season on loan with the Baggies, the Midlands club snapped up the midfielder once again, this time on a permanent basis.

Bearing in mind how impressive the Turkey international was during his previous stint with the club – racking up more interceptions (42) than any other Baggies player in the squad at the time, along with winning 33 tackles in just 16 league appearances – it’s safe to say that bringing him back to the club as a free agent is a great bit of business.

Looking ahead to the remaining weeks of the transfer window, another player who has been linked with a move to West Brom and who could be seen in a similar light to Yokuslu as someone who has also spent time on loan with the Baggies previously is Dwight Gayle.

Four years ago, the Midlands club signed the attacker on a loan deal from his current club Newcastle United.

During his time at The Hawthorns, Gayle racked up 24 goals and eight assists in 41 appearances. He also received heavy praise from Kyle Bartley, who hailed the Toon attacker as an “immense” player.

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First up in this West Brom transfer quiz, which club did the Baggies sign Alex Mowatt from?

With 286 senior club appearances to his name, the centre-forward has scored 103 goals and supplied 30 assists along the way, highlighting his clear attacking credentials.

This shows just how much of an asset he could be for Bruce’s side in terms of being a regular goalscoring threat in the team.

Would you be happy to see Dwight Gayle return to West Brom?

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Taking into account how West Brom ended their previous Championship campaign with the lowest percentage for shots on target (29.1%) in the division, having an experienced and clinical figure like Gayle in the team could be just what they need to get them closer to promotion.

Also, with the 32-year-old only making eight Premier League appearances last season totalling half an hour, a potential move back to The Hawthorns, where he’d likely be able to get more minutes under his belt, could be a tempting proposition for him.

If Newcastle would be willing to let Gayle leave this summer, Bruce and West Brom should do all that they can to get him to follow in the footsteps of Yokuslu and make a return to The Hawthorns.

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Article title: West Brom: Bruce can seal next masterclass with Dwight Gayle swoop

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