Loads of Newcastle United fans have been reacting on social media to reports by the Telegraph, claiming the Toon are demanding £20million for Dwight Gayle.
The club are actively offering the forward’s services to Championship sides in a bid to take his £60,000-per-week contract off the books, amid interest from Nottingham Forest, Fulham and West Bromwich Albion.
Gayle has struggled to establish himself at St. James’ Park under Steve Bruce since recovering from a calf injury, with the boss only handing the 29-year-old 178 minutes of game time in all competitions to date.
Newcastle will allow Gayle to leave the North East on loan this month if no permanent move is on the cards, though will only sanction a temporary deal if the interested club agrees to pay his full wage and accept an obligation-to-buy clause.
United chiefs will insist that any Championship side interested in Gayle will have to accept a £20m clause dependent on promotion into the Premier League, and that it will be paid in two instalments of £10m.
There would not be a loan fee for the six-months Gayle would spend away from Tyneside other than the 5 ft 9 striker’s wage, which proved a huge stumbling block in West Brom’s efforts to sign him permanently last summer.
Are Newcastle's demands for Gayle fair?
Leeds United had been linked with a January move to sign Gayle on loan earlier in the window but the Whites’ interest has since been refuted, taking one potential option off the table for Newcastle.
Gayle scored 24 goals and was credited with eight assists in 41 games across all competitions during his loan spell with West Brom last season, though is yet to score for Newcastle under Bruce and recorded his first assist last time out when featuring from the bench against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to what the club is demanding in order to sanction a temporary transfer for Gayle…
If this another ploy by mike ashley to not spend any more? “Cant spend the money as the club haven’t paid me the other £10m yet so we dont have it and we like to pay upfront the whole price” you can see it now #NUFC
— Adrian Langley (@adi_bizzle) January 14, 2020
— David Singleton (@mindblower46) January 13, 2020
Why let our best forward go 🙈
— Ryan (@RyanTaylor19) January 13, 2020
Nobody will pay that amount of money, and at the moment he’s the only natural goalscorer we have. I’d keep him and offload Muto.
— Lambeth Mag (@psad2) January 14, 2020
Well looks like were stuck with Gayle then, simply not good enough for the prem, no doubt about it imo, and no championship club will pay 20mil for him, barely worth 15 now. Id look to offload him for 10mil quick sale and bring an improvement in.Gayle will not score
— Ross Miller (@RossMiller86) January 13, 2020
What a joke. Never get that
— Patrick Beech (@beech_slapped) January 13, 2020
And if they dont reach Premier league? The club gets nothing except saving on wages for 5 months
— AB (@_Sha_Mon_) January 13, 2020
We should keep him and give the lad some game time he is better than joelinton of that I’m sure
— Richard Evans (@richie65evans) January 14, 2020
Well I can just see the clubs lining up for this one tomorrow morning. We best install a ticketing system at the entrance
— Kevin Brown (@kevbrown77) January 13, 2020
In other Newcastle United news, the club have reportedly made contact with a £7.2m-rated defender.