Dwight Gayle has a message for West Bromwich Albion fans ahead of his Newcastle United return

Dwight Gayle has sent a message to West Bromwich Albion fans after the end of his loan.

By Miles Starforth
Wednesday, 15 May, 2019, 10:43
Dwight Gayle.

The Newcastle United striker spent this season on loan at The Hawthorns.

Gayle scored 23 goals for the Championship club – the same number he netted in the division with his parent club in 2016-17 – before his dismissal in the first leg of the play-off semi-final against Aston Villa last week.

The 28-year-old, sent off for two bookable offences, sat out the second-leg at The Hawthorns last night.

Villa progressed to the final on penalties after the two clubs drew 2-2 over two legs.

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"Gutted to finish the season like that as the team and fans were immense last night," said Gayle on Twitter. "I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved at @WBA for your support over the season it’s been a pleasure."

Gayle, under contract at Newcastle until 2021, is due to report back to United on July 4 for the start of pre-season training.

West Brom could attempt to make his move permanent this summer.

Meanwhile, West Brom striker Salomon Rondon – who spent the season on loan at St James's Park – is waiting to see if United attempt to buy him in the transfer window.

The 29-year-old reportedly again has a £16.5million release clause in his contract this summer.

Rondon scored the last of his 11 Premier League goals for Newcastle in Sunday's 4-0 win over Fulham at Craven Cottage.