Premier League interest emerges for Newcastle United man amid links to Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and West Brom

A surprise contender has entered the race to sign Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle in January.

Sunday, 12th January 2020, 7:00 am
BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United misses a chance as he is challenged by Nick Pope of Burnley during the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Newcastle United at Turf Moor on December 14, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Having lost frontman Wesley for nine months, Aston Villa are reportedly considering a move for Gayle, who made only his second Magpies start of the season at Wolves yesterday.

According to a report in the Times, Gayle is a player on Dean Smith’s radar as he searches far and wide for a forward in the January window.

Championship clubs Leeds United, Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion have all been linked with winter window moves for 29-year-old Gayle, who scored 23 goals in the second tier last season.

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The sticking point in any deal is the fee Newcastle are demanding for the player.

The Magpies are thought to want a £20million obligatory buy inserted into any loan deal done for the player this month, as well as a substantial amount of his £50,000+ wages covered.