Nottingham Forest were linked with a move for Dwight Gayle during transfer deadline day. Now, according to the Sunday Mirror, Steve Bruce is keen to re-sign him for West Bromwich Albion in the summer.
The striker has often been linked with a move to the City Ground. It does seem, however, that some outlets merely use Forest and Gayle to sell newspapers these days!
Gayle has barely played during 2021/22. He has accumulated just 27 minutes of action in the Premier League and played 76 minutes of a Carabao Cup clash in August.
The 32-year-old has a contract at Newcastle until 2024. He is, however, paid £40,000-a-week by the Magpies and they’ll want that off their wage bill.
Gayle has a pretty sound record in the Championship. He has scored 59 goals in 100 appearances in the second tier and looks tailor-made for the division.
West Brom have badly lost their way under Bruce. He was added as the new manager following the club’s decision to sack Valerian Ismael.
He has overseen just one win from seven outings, with four defeats coming from that period. Now, he’s got his sights set on next season already.
Forest won’t be in for Gayle during the summer
As previously mentioned it seems likely these days that plenty of outlets get lazy when it comes to Forest and Gayle. The concrete links came a few years ago when Martin O’Neill was in charge of the club.
Now, Forest are a club that operates in a different way. The transfer strategy has shifted somewhat and signing a 32-year-old on substantial wages doesn’t make sense.
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Gayle could prove a useful addition to someone in the Championship. It seems likely, however, that Forest will instead look to target a younger striker.
Hopefully, this summer will be the year when the idle gossip columns stop linking Newcastle man Gayle with a move to Forest.