By Saikat Mandal

30th Dec, 2021 | 10:15pm

Carlton Palmer: Dwight Gayle might be an option for West Brom

West Brom could still sign Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle in the January transfer window, according to Carlton Palmer.

Earlier this month, The Telegraph reported that the Baggies are keen to sign Gayle on a loan deal with an obligation to buy, depending on their promotion from the Championship.

Gayle, who has scored 144 goals in his long career, spent a successful 2018-19 loan season at the Hawthorns, where he scored 24 goals.

Earlier this month (17 December), Palmer said in an interview with Give Me Sport that a January deal could be difficult to carry out for Gayle.

However, in a recent interview with the same website, the former Baggies midfielder has suggested that Newcastle might let the striker go and that he could be an option for West Brom.

Palmer said to Give Me Sport: “West Brom will need something in the transfer window, whether they let him go out on loan, assuming Newcastle can do good business and get their targets in, they may let him go out on loan from January until the end of the season, that might be an option.”

Ideal

Gayle has no future at St James Park. He didn’t feature under Steve Bruce. He doesn’t feature under Eddie Howe as well.

He has managed just 28 minutes of Premier League action and one League Cup start this season.

At 32, he still has got plenty to offer. Certainly, he hasn’t forgotten where the back of the net is and his record in the Championship proves he can deliver again, given an opportunity.

Howe has used him in recent games but late substitutes are hardly an indication that he is being seen as an important member of the squad.

The Magpies, backed by Saudi ownership, are likely to spend big on players in January as they look to avoid relegation.

In such a scenario, fringe players could be sold, and Gayle could be one of them.

West Brom are looking to bolster their forward department, and Gayle would be a massive addition for them in January. However, it looks difficult at the moment.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies are locked in talks for a major January loan with a permanent signing clause included