Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce says he will do everything to tie down reported Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United target Dwight Gayle to a new deal, Chronicle report.
The Newcastle striker is out of contract in the summer of 2021.
According to a recent report by Yorkshire Live, Sheffield Wednesday are looking at the 31-year-old as a possible loan having long held an interest in him.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, were linked with Gayle in October (Daily Mail).
But despite not being a regular at Newcastle, Gayle is still valued at St. James’s Park. Speaking to reporters, Bruce says he will do everything to extend his contract.
“Certainly, we’ll do everything we can to get him tied up. Obviously, he’s been struggling with an injury but I think we’ll do our best and I hope that he can stay.”
Newcastle signed Gayle from Crystal Palace for £10 million in 2016. At Championship level he netted 47 times in his last 72 appearances for Newcastle and West Bromwich Albion on loan.
But at Premier League level he has barely had a look in on Tyneside.
Newcastle have Joelinton, Callum Wilson, Andy Carroll, Almiron, Allan Saint-Maximin and Ryan Fraser who can all occupy forward positions restricting Gayle’s game-time.
The striker has featured for just 37 minutes this season.
The Blades are desperate for goals and Gayle is the sort of striker they could look at in January. Chris Wilder’s men are bottom of the table with just one point.
The Owls, meanwhile, are bottom of the Championship table on nine points.
Wednesday boss Tony Pulis has made no secret of his desire to bring in a striker in January. Should Gayle sign a new contract, he may turn into a potential loan option.
If Newcastle can’t agree terms on a new deal, however, then cashing in on him before his contract expires next summer may be in the Magpies’ best interests.
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