Dwight Gayle has been linked with a move to Nottingham Forest from Newcastle United in January.
Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce has told ChronicleLive that he’ll fight hard to keep the 30-year-old at St James’ Park, which is certainly bad news for Nottingham Forest.
Gayle has played just 43 minutes of football this season at Newcastle. He was introduced as a second-half substitute in the draw against Manchester City yesterday afternoon.
According to Nottinghamshire Live via The Athletic, the Reds look strong candidates to lure the striker away from Newcastle in January. Considering Gayle is on wages in the region of £40,000-a-week (Spotrac), a loan deal would be most likely.
The Reds could certainly do with another option in his position. Sabri Lamouchi currently only has Lewis Grabban and Rafa Mir to choose from.
Gayle could offer the firepower that the Reds have needed in games like yesterday against Cardiff.
However, Newcastle manager Bruce has made it clear that he isn’t looking to offload Gayle in January.
Bruce told ChronicleLive: “I don’t want to let Dwight Gayle go. I made that pretty clear in the summer.
“How would I replace him? I wouldn’t want to let any of our good players go in January.
“I fought hard in the summer to keep him and that will be the case again. The more he has trained the more he comes into contention.”
Joelinton is the main striker at Newcastle at the moment, but Gayle will be hoping to force his way into the starting line-up in the coming weeks.
With the Magpies looking to avoid being sucked into a relegation battle this season, it would make sense for Bruce to keep hold of his attacking options.
The Reds may be forced to pursue other targets next month if Bruce stands by his comments.