Sheffield Wednesday are the latest club to be credited with an interest in the Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle.
Wednesday are expected to strengthen their forward line in the January transfer window and have been strongly linked with moves for Eddie Nketiah (Arsenal) and Connor Wickham (Crystal Palace).
But according to The Daily Mail, the Owls are also ‘battling it out’ with West Bromwich Albion, Fulham, and Nottingham Forest to sign Gayle on loan.
The newspaper warns, however, that Newcastle want any temporary deal to contain a £10 million obligation to buy clause.
According to The Telegraph, Gayle may yet cost double that amount – on top of the £60,000-a-week wage his temporary employers would be required to cover.
And when you consider, too, that Gayle is not expected to be fit until the start of next month due to injury, not to mention Wednesday’s iffy relationship with Newcastle and Steve Bruce – the manager who walked out on them last summer – a move to Hillsborough seems unlikely for the former West Brom loan player.
His Newcastle teammate Jacob Murphy is due to spend the rest of this season with the Owls.