Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce wants to keep Dwight Gayle at the club despite links with West Brom, meaning a deal to bring Andy Carroll back to Tyneside is unlikely, according to the Northern Echo.
The Magpies have added a couple of new faces to their ranks in recent weeks and the report suggests Amiens defender Emil Krafth will become the fourth signing of the summer later today.
Despite this, there is still some uncertainty over Newcastle’s options in attack, especially since last season’s top performers Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez left St James’ Park.
The north east outfit farmed Gayle out on loan last season, with the striker unlucky to not be given a chance under Rafa Benitez.
However, it appears as though Bruce will afford the attacker an opportunity to prove himself at Newcastle this season.
This would end speculation that Carroll could come back to his boyhood club.
The former Newcastle centre forward is a free agent after being released by West Ham United in the summer and could provide cover for the Magpies – but will not be needed if Gayle stays.