Chris Wilder could be set to make a move to bring Dwight Gayle to West Bromwich Albion.
That’s according to a report by the Sunday Mirror (via Football League World), who claim that, should the 53-year-old indeed go on to take up the vacant managerial position at The Hawthorns this summer, the out-of-favour Newcastle United centre-forward will be his priority transfer target in the upcoming market.
With Wilder having highly impressed during his time at Sheffield United – taking the Blades from League One to the Premier League in just three seasons, while always working with a relatively limited budget – the English manager would appear to be an excellent appointment for a West Brom side who will be looking to bounce straight back to the top flight after suffering relegation under Sam Allardyce this season.
And, if Gayle really is to be the 53-year-old’s first signing of the summer, he would seem to be a very shrewd signing indeed.
Despite having only made 18 Premier League appearances for Newcastle this season, only four of which came as starts, the £4.5m-rated 31-year-old has proven in recent years he still has what it takes to operate in the higher reaches of the English game, particularly at Championship level.
Over a season-long loan deal at West Brom back in the club’s 2018/19 Championship campaign, Gayle scored 24 goals and registered eight assists over his 41 appearances for the Baggies, helping the club to secure a fourth-place finish in the league.
As such, it would very much appear as if the striker could be something of a perfect signing for Wilder, as he clearly knows how to find the back of the net in the Championship, while he’s also aware of the club, having already spent a season at The Hawthorns.
Furthermore, considering how little Gayle has featured under Steve Bruce this term, a deal for the £40k-per-week centre-forward is likely to be one that Newcastle would be willing to discuss.
So, it would very much seem as if all things point towards a return of the 31-year-old to West Brom this summer, and, if the capture of Gayle is a sign of things to come under the leadership of Wilder, the Baggies fans will certainly be buzzing.