Date: 16th October 2019 at 7:30am
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Noel Whelan, BBC Radio Leeds’ co-commentator, believes that the Whites can sign Dwight Gayle in January as they look to solve a goalscoring problem.

Leeds are currently fifth in the Championship but have struggled to score goals this season, and Whelan thinks that Gayle will be the solution to their problems.

However, getting the 28-year-old to move from the North-East will prove to be a difficult task for two reasons.

One, Steve Bruce, unlike Rafael Benitez, rates Gayle as a Premier League striker and has tried to sign him several times during his managerial career.

Now that he finally has the chance to work with the former Crystal Palace man, it seems unlikely that he would allow him to leave.

Gayle has just recovered from an injury that has kept him out of every Toon game so far this season, and Bruce has said that he intends to use the 28-year-old in a prominent role – as Bruce believes he can score goals in the Premier League.

If Benitez were still in charge, Leeds would have had a much better chance of signing Gayle.

The second reason why signing Gayle will be so tricky is because of his wages.

The former Peterborough striker is on around £40,000 per week and would be unwilling to take too much of a pay cut to join Leeds.

There are rumours of outside investment coming into the Elland Road-based side, but that would need to arrive quickly to fund any potential move for Gayle to cover both his wages and any potential transfer fee.

It seems that on this occasion, Gayle will be remaining on Tyneside.

 
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