Chris Wilder wants Dwight Gayle to join him at West Brom - Report
Should Chris Wilder be named the West Brom manager, his first order of duty would be to bring Newcastle forward Dwight Gayle to the Hawthorns, per The Sunday Mirror.
The Baggies managerial race has been taking new twists and turns with every news cycle, but despite reports sending fans in a hundred different directions, Wilder remains the overwhelming favourite for the job.
The former Sheffield United manager has attained promotion on five different occasions and has the know-how of building sides capable of punching above their weight.
Once he walks through the doors at the Hawthorns, it’s likely to be all work and no play until he feels he has a team ready to achieve promotion at the first time of asking.
One of the players he’s keen on signing, per a report seen on May 30’s Sunday Mirror pg. 76, is English forward Dwight Gayle.
Currently playing his trade at Newcastle, Gayle is not the first choice under manager Steve Bruce and could look for a transfer this summer in a bid to get some game time.
Not sure about this one
Gayle may have had a good season on loan for us the year we failed to secure promotion via the play-offs.
He bagged 23 goals in the normal season and scored another in the play-off semi-final. Looking at his performances in the Championship, Newcastle thought of giving him a chance in the Premier League, but it hasn’t quite worked out for them.
Since the start of the 2019/20 season, Gayle’s played 38 games in two campaigns and scored just five goals for the Magpies.
His value has clearly dropped since they signed him for £10m [BBC] in 2016 to £4.5m, per TransferMarkt. We could get him on the cheap if he’s desperate to force his way out of St. James’ Park, but if we were the decision-makers at the club, we’d be looking elsewhere.
There’s also some debate as to whether or not he’s signed the contract that was offered to him before Easter. If he’s turned that down, he would be a free agent this summer, and then could be considered as a last resort.
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