Date: 14th January 2020 at 6:00pm
Written by: Tony O'Connell

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.

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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…

In other Newcastle United news, the club have reportedly made contact with a £7.2m-rated defender.

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