Nottingham Forest look likely to sign Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle during the January transfer window, according to Nottinghamshire Live via The Athletic.
The Reds will undoubtedly be in the market for a striker. Lewis Grabban has eight goals but is the only proven striker in Sabri Lamouchi’s ranks. The on-loan Rafa Mir is yet to score and his cameo appearances have been questionable at best.
Gayle has played just 22 minutes of football this season at St James’ Park. Steve Bruce will likely try to offload the striker to make room in his squad for reinforcements of his own.
It is unsure at this stage what sort of deal Forest will look to do for Gayle. His wages are in the region of £40,000-a-week (Spotrac) at Newcastle and that could represent an obstacle.
A loan deal seems most likely. That would allow Gayle to get back to playing football and hopefully scoring goals after spending the first half of the season on the fringes.
Forest will hope the 29-year-old can have a similar impact on Forest as he did at West Brom last season. He fired the Baggies into the play-offs, scoring 24 goals in 41 appearances.
Grabban has eight goals this season but having Gayle to call upon as well could make Forest an unstoppable force.
Having the duo would give the Reds two of the best strikers the Championship has seen in the last few years.
It would undoubtedly give Lamouchi a headache. He has gone with one striker so far this season and he may have to rethink that should Forest completed the signing of Gayle.
That said, it’s hardly a bad conundrum to be left with.
The report claims that West Brom hold interest in their former loan star, with Leeds also monitoring his situation.
It would seem Forest hold the aces right now and that could make for a very exciting January for the club.