Middlesbrough and Stoke are in the race to sign Dwight Gayle who has previously been linked with Nottingham Forest, according to Football Insider.

The Reds are linked with the Newcastle striker constantly and last week some reports claimed that Forest were back in for him.

Gayle has fallen way down the pecking order at St James’ Park and isn’t part of Eddie Howe’s plans.

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As a result, the new Magpies manager will allow him to leave the club when the window reopens; with a loan move looking the most likely outcome.

Forest and West Brom were linked last week, with Boro and the Potters now joining the party.

Gayle is a proven goalscorer at Championship level. Although he’s 32, he’s unlikely to wait for a club in January and should have a host of options.

Chris Wilder will definitely want to bolster his strike force in January as he aims to get Boro into the play-offs this season.

Stoke are also in contention and clearly, Michael O’Neill is keen to add some firepower to his ranks too.

Gayle has played just 20 minutes in the Premier League during 2021/22. In 117 appearances for the Magpies, he has scored 34 goals and claimed 11 assists.

Forest unlikely to sign Gayle

Given his age and situation, it seems unlikely that the Reds will go to task and sign the 32-year-old.

Gayle is in a similar age bracket to that of Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor and as a result, the Reds may prefer a younger target.

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He may be proven at Forest’s level but the ship has probably sailed with regards to Gayle signing terms at the City Ground.

The Newcastle man earns £37,000-a-week at St James’ Park and that wage will be a big obstacle for Forest anyway.

It’s time for Forest to move on…

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