Nottingham Forest have been linked with Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle, according to The Telegraph.
Forest are long-term admirers of Gayle and could now swoop with the player unlikely to be part of the long-term future under new Magpies boss Eddie Howe.
The 32-year-old has played just 20 minutes of Premier League football this season and is way down the pecking order.
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 Newcastle fans said about Forest interest in Gayle?
It’s fair to say that the Magpies fan base are certain that they should offload Gayle when the transfer window reopens.
He’s very rarely been considered a first-team regular at St James’ Park and ultimately his time at the club is coming to an end.
Newcastle haven’t won any of their 13 Premier League games this season and if the Magpies hope to sign players in January they will want some of the fringe players to leave.
That opens the door for Gayle and he will probably have plenty of suitors; including Forest.
Following the recent links to a City Ground move, we looked at what Newcastle fans have been saying as Gayle prepares to say goodbye to the North East.