Dwight Gayle has been on the periphery at Newcastle for some time, but he’s remained at St James’ Park to fight for his place. The 32-year-old has made just eight appearances in all competitions this season, however, so the writing is on the wall.
Luke Edwards of the Telegraph says Newcastle will listen to offers for Gayle this summer, but the Magpies won’t make back the money spent in 2017. Newcastle paid £10.8m for Gayle and had the opportunity to cash in for £15m the following season, but they rejected Fulham’s offer.
The 32-year-old has a market value of £1.8m now, so Newcastle will take a £13.2m hit if he’s sold. Gayle earns £2.1m-a-year/£40k-per-week in wages until 2024, so his sale this summer would save the Magpies £4.2m.
Gayle has made 121 appearances in all competitions, scoring 34 goals with 11 assists. He was a regular in his debut season, scoring 23 goals in 32 Championship games as Newcastle earned promotion back to the Premier League, but a poor second campaign (six goals from 35 PL games in 2017/18) led to him falling out of favour.
He was loaned out to West Brom the following season and hasn’t been a regular since returning to his parent club, so it’s time to let Gayle go. The 32-year-old is behind Joelinton, Callum Wilson and Chris Wood in the pecking order, so he won’t get many opportunities under Eddie Howe next season.