Nottingham Forest are in the mix to sign Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle during the January transfer window, according to The Telegraph.
Forest are long-term admirers of Gayle and could now swoop with the player not in the long-term thinking of new Magpies boss Eddie Howe.
The 32-year-old has played just 20 minutes of Premier League football this season and has also made one Carabao Cup appearance.
He looks resigned to the fact that his St James’ Park career is over and the Championship pair are ready to pounce.
Newcastle are willing to loan out Gayle when the window reopens, although they will demand an obligation to buy during the summer.
Gayle earns £40,000-a-week at Newcastle and despite their newfound wealth, they’ll want to get the excess off the books.
Three years ago, the experienced performer helped West Brom reach the play-offs, scoring 24 goals in the Championship.
That earned him a shot back at Newcastle, although he failed to play much football under former boss Steve Bruce.
Steve Cooper hopes to sign a striker during January, with Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor his current options.
What have Forest fans said about the Gayle links?
It’s fair to say that it’s not gone down too well among the Forest fan base.
Many can’t forgive him for a horrendous dive against the Reds whilst playing for West Brom in 2019, whilst others simply feel he’s too old.
At 32, he would be a strange addition given that the other two strikers at Forest are also in their thirties.
Gayle is typically brilliant in the Championship but his arrival would signal another short-term measure by Forest.
That doesn’t sit with the criteria of what both Cooper and Dane Murphy like to do and this seems nothing more than agent talk.
Following today’s links, we looked at what Forest fans were saying regarding the news that the Reds want Gayle.