According to the Athletic, Newcastle United are unlikely accept a bid for reported Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United target Dwight Gayle in January.
The striker has barely featured for Newcastle in the Premier League.
At Championship level, the 31-year-old is deadly. He scored 47 goals in his last 72 Championship games over two spells with Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion.
Gayle was linked with an exit from St James’s Park during the summer window.
Yorkshire Live claim Wednesday have long had an interest in him. With Tony Pulis actively seeking a new striker ahead of January, links with Gayle are likely to resurface.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, were linked via the Daily Mail in October.
The Blades are bottom of the Premier League with just one point. Chris Wilder’s side desperately lack goals and lost again on Sunday with Leicester City 2-1 winners at Bramall Lane.
But the Athletic claim Newcastle are unlikely to entertain January bids for Gayle.
The striker’s contract expires in 2021. Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, however, may still feel he has a role to play as back-up to Joelinton, Callum Wilson and Andy Carroll.
The situation regarding his contract is a little bizarre. Afterall, Newcastle valued Gayle at over £20 million just over a year ago – double what they paid Crystal Palace in 2016.
Wednesday evidently identified him as a potential loan. Money may be tight at Hillsborough, but Tony Pulis needs reinforcements in the final third in January.
The Owls have managed to score just nine Championship goals this term. Even without the points deduction, there would be cause for concern going forward.