Dwight Gayle 'agrees new deal' at Newcastle United

Dwight Gayle has agreed a new deal at Newcastle United, according to a report.

Monday, 29th March 2021, 9:05 am

Gayle’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season. However, The Athletic report that the 30-year-old is set to sign an extension keeping him at the relegation-threatened club until the summer of 2024.

Gayle had received a significant pay rise before agreeing to go on loan to West Bromwich Albion the season before last – Salomon Rondon came the other way on a season-long deal – and his new contract is reportedly on reduced terms.

The striker has found starts hard to come by this season – even in the absence of Callum Wilson through injury. Gayle was an unused substitute, along with Andy Carroll, in Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium before the international break.

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Dwight Gayle.

Steve Bruce revealed that he had previously tried to sign Dwight Gayle three times when he took over at United in the summer of 2019.

Speaking at the time, Newcastle’s head coach said: “When I was analysing the squad, he’s capable of scoring a goal.

"If you’re a Championship manager, you take him, because he’s the best striker in the Championship, so he must be able to contribute in the Premier League.”

Gayle joined relegated United, then managed by Rafa Benitez, from Crystal Palace in a £10million deal in the summer of 2016 – and scored 23 goals as the club won promotion back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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