According to The Athletic, Newcastle are unlikely to accept a bid for Dwight Gayle in January despite the fact his contract expires in the summer of 2021.
The report states that Newcastle won’t want to find themselves found short in terms of striking options, therefore, it seems as though Gayle will be staying at St James’ Park at least until the end of the season.
Whether or not he stays beyond the summer depends on if he and the club can come to an agreement on a new contract.
It would be silly for Newcastle to let Gayle go for nothing in the summer, after all, they valued him at £20 million just over a year ago, but he may end up leaving if they can’t broker a new deal for him.
The decision to not cash in on the striker is an understandable one, after all, Newcastle’s Premier League survival is much more important than a small financial gain, and with Callum Wilson and Andy Carroll having questionable injury records, the Magpies may well be calling upon Gayle in the coming months.
This is a decision that is unlikely to come back and bite them, but the Magpies must now be regretting putting such a high asking price on the former Crystal Palace man last summer as it now looks like he may be set to leave the club on a free transfer.
Of course, Gayle could come into the side and find his shooting boots again, which would likely see him offered a new contract.
Right now there have been no concrete reports indicating that the forward will be offered a new deal by the Tyneside outfit, with Bruce saying that Gayle has to earn a new deal on the pitch.