Reported Nottingham Forest target Dwight Gayle would consider a big-money move to China during the January transfer window, according to the Sunday People, as quoted by Nottinghamshire Live.
The man who smashed 24 goals in 42 appearances for West Bromwich Albion has apparently been on Forest’s radar during recent transfer windows.
It is anticipated that were he to be available during January, several Championship outfits would hold interest in the proven performer.
Reports over the weekend suggested that Gayle, along with Jonjo Shelvey, would be ‘willing to consider’ a switch to the Far East. Ultimately that would come with an extremely big financial incentive.
Gayle earns a reported £40,000-a-week (Spotrac) at Newcastle and that alone could have priced Forest out of a move for the prolific goalscorer.
The 30-year-old has fallen way down the pecking order at the Magpies. Gayle has made just two substitute appearances under Steve Bruce and his days do look somewhat numbered at St James’ Park.
Forest signing the striker perhaps doesn’t make a great deal of sense anyway. The Reds have Lewis Grabban as the club’s main talisman and Sabri Lamouchi typically only operates with one striker in his team.
Gayle’s salary would certainly make him an expensive substitute, whilst replacing Grabban would seem unfair when he is Forest’s leading goalscorer so far this season.
Another striker would be ideal as a backup but the finances might make it too much of a risk for the Reds to consider.
The fact that clubs in China are now prepared to hand a big-money deal to Gayle would almost certainly see any Championship suitors blown firmly out of the water.
That might not be a bad thing. At 30, Gayle is only a year younger than Grabban and Forest could perhaps do with a younger striker.
Signing someone who could potentially step into Grabban’s boots in the years to come would surely be a better bet than banking on another player who is edging towards the twilight of his career.
Gayle does know where the back of the net is but interest in China will almost certainly dictate that Forest must return to the drawing board when it comes to finding a striker to share the goalscoring burden with the in-form Grabban.