Nottingham Forest must pay a staggering £15 million to sign Newcastle United outcast Dwight Gayle, according to The Telegraph.
The 29-year-old is yet to start a game for Steve Bruce’s team this season and the latest report suggests offers might be listened to.
Gayle scored 24 goals on loan at West Bromwich Albion last season and a whole host of Championship clubs will probably be keen.
One of those is Forest who will go in search of a striker to compete for a place with Lewis Grabban when the window reopens.
The valuation will almost certainly rule the Reds out. With Financial Fair Play still something that must be worked within, it would represent a risk for any Championship side to pursue his signature.
Gayle is way down the pecking order at Newcastle. He is coming off the bench during some games but doesn’t appear close to starting a game under Bruce.
The report suggests that the hotshot would be keen to move on. He is thought to have wanted a summer switch, although Bruce opted not to sell him.
Nottingham Forest News view – The latest report should be taken with a pinch of salt
The two latest reports regarding the future of Gayle should highlight the uncertainty of the January transfer window.
Earlier today, the Chronicle suggested that Bruce wanted to keep Gayle beyond January. This latest report, however, would suggest otherwise.
It seems unlikely that any Championship outfit would splash such cash during mid-season and this could be Newcastle’s way of quashing any prospect of him leaving.
Signing Gayle could pretty much guarantee at least the play-offs. A loan move with a view to a permanent deal during the summer could prove the perfect case scenario for Forest.
Paying £15 million for a player who is nearly 30 and not proven any higher than the Championship just seems like too much of a risk for Forest to take.