Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle has been linked with an ambitious big-money move to Stoke City, according to a report by The Newcastle Chronicle.
The media outlet claims the forward is thought to be a person of interest for the Championship outfit this summer.
Newcastle attacker Gayle has proven over the years that he is rather outstanding and very prolific in front of goal at that level, and is arguably, a second-tier player at best as he has struggled when playing in the Premier League.
Having completed a successful loan spell at West Bromwich Albion, where he netted 24 goals in 40 Championship matches, it is said Stoke would have to put up around £20million to take him from St. James’ Park (Evening Standard).
Newcastle only spent £10m on acquiring him from Crystal Palace back in 2016 (Mirror), so it would represent a rather nice profit for the 29-year-old if they were to acquire that amount for him.
However, the Toon Army are in a difficult position at the moment as it is not just Gayle’s future that is currently in the air.
Depending on what happens with the managerial situation, as well as Solomon Rondon’s own plans, the striker could still have a role to play at Newcastle.
The Venezuela international is thought to be keen on remaining in the north-east (Newcastle Chronicle), however, his next move is yet to be determined as a number of other clubs are also thought to be interested in signing him this summer.
Also, it is not yet known if Rafa Benitez will be remaining in charge of Newcastle next season as his current deal is set to expire imminently and it is believed that he has been handed a huge contract offer to manage out in China with Dalian Yifang (The Times).
It will be an interesting few months for Gayle and with so many different factors to consider, where he will be playing his football next season remains anyone’s guess at the moment.