Leeds United are not interested in signing Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle in the January window, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Whites have been heavily linked with a move for the London-born attacker this month, after Arsenal recalled England U21 forward Eddie Nketiah partway through a one-season loan spell at Elland Road.
Nketiah had been a regular option from the bench in Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa’s plans at the Championship side, though Arsenal were not satisfied with the amount of game time being handed out to their youth prospect.
Gayle emerged as a potential option for the Championship title-hopefuls to sign as a replacement for Nketiah, along with Liverpool prospect Rhian Brewster, who has since joined Swansea City until the end of the 2019/20 season.
Attentions at Elland Road could have firmly swung to the North East and forge a formal pursuit of Gayle, though the YEP understand reports of interest in the £50,000-per-week striker are ‘well wide of the mark’.
Instead, Leeds will pursue Southampton’s Che Adams on loan, despite Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl being reluctant to lose his side’s £15million summer signing who is yet to score a goal in 18 appearances for the south coast natives.
Failing a move for Adams, Leeds are expected to turn to Sheffield United and chase Billy Sharp, with Blades head coach Chris Wilder open-minded to the possibilities of sales at Bramall Lane during the January market.
Does Gayle deserve a chance under Bruce?
News of Leeds’ interest in Gayle being refuted will come as a blow to Newcastle and head coach Steve Bruce, who is keen to add another centre-forward to his squad but much will depend on the future of Gayle at St. James’ Park.
The club only intends to listen to permanent offers for Gayle should an interested side be willing to offer a majority of the £15m we spent to sign him, though a loan route is possible should someone offer to take on the 29-year-old’s full £50k-p/w wage.
In other Newcastle United news, two £15million Toon stars are reportedly being eyed as potential upgrades for a struggling Premier League side.