Dwight Gayle is linked with Nottingham Forest. At least, that’s what the mainstream media will have you believe every time a transfer window is on the horizon.
For what seems like forever, the Newcastle talisman has been linked with the Reds. Ahead of the January window, things are no different, with Gayle once again on Forest’s radar – apparently.
At this time of year, Forest fans can feast out on idle speculation almost more than they can on the copious amounts of leftover meat from Christmas Day.
Gayle’s name is back on the radar. West Brom are also linked but this time, it makes zero sense.
There is a new message that we’d like to send to the mainstream media – Forest are more meticulous when it comes to their shopping now and Gayle ticks almost none of the boxes.
Why would Forest sign Dwight Gayle now?
The striker is out of favour at Newcastle. Their new wealth will see them enter the transfer market next month, pushing Gayle further down the pecking order.
The 32-year-old is a proven Championship goalscorer. In 100 games in the division, he has scored 59 goals, including two against Forest.
Ultimately, for the Reds, they’ve been stung with signing players like Gayle in the past and things are different now.
Dane Murphy was appointed in the summer. His remit is to change the recruitment strategy and he’s openly said he has a clear vision on the type of signings he likes to make.
Paying transfer fees for players over the age of 26 is a big no-no. There is also talk of an £18,000-a-week wage cap on new arrivals at the City Ground. Currently paid £37,000-a-week, it’s unlikely Gayle would entertain putting the key into his ignition for that salary.
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With that in mind, where is this link coming from? Of course, there is a lot of rubbish thrown around when windows are open but this one makes no sense.
Gayle is two years younger than Lewis Grabban who has 10 goals this season. As a result, there is no saying that the Newcastle man would even get in the Forest team.
Any striker who is signed is likely to be a younger option, with one eye firmly placed on the future – something Murphy likes to do with every signing he makes.
Gayle, or anyone else into their thirties, won’t be coming to Forest in January. The ship has sailed and the mainstream media need to get more creative.