Nottingham Forest were bizarrely linked with Dwight Gayle on transfer deadline day. With Lewis Grabban being ruled out for two months, newspapers opted to put some numbers together and come up with the sum of Gayle to the City Ground.
It was never going to happen. Forest have moved on from spending big wages on players in their thirties. Instead, the Reds took Sam Surridge from Stoke for £2.3 million and signed Keinan Davis on loan from Aston Villa.
Now, it would appear that Gayle is in limbo. He’s played for just eight minutes under Eddie Howe and they’d dearly love to shift him out of the club during the summer transfer window.
That salary is likely to put off most clubs in the second tier and given a less than impressive Premier League record, he could be forced to head abroad.
At 32, his career will start to wind down. It’s a sad state of affairs in the modern game but he may choose to sit on his huge contract at Newcastle for another two years.
Forest have rightfully moved on from Gayle
There is no disputing that the Newcastle striker might still find the way to goal. Ultimately, however, he’s a short-term option for any club and given his wages, Forest are right to steer clear.
Davis has been a brilliant option to Forest since January. He could be on his way out of Aston Villa and it seems unlikely his wages will be anything like those of Gayle.
Forest have moved on to a different transfer blueprint. Sadly for Gayle, it doesn’t look like he will be on Cooper’s shortlist any time soon.