Dwight Gayle could join Fulham from Newcastle United in a big money deal before the window closes this Thursday, according to the Daily Mail.
The former Crystal Palace forward finished as the top scorer for Newcastle United in the Championship last season with 23 goals but he was left as an unused sub on the bench during the Magpies’ first victory of the season against West Ham United last Saturday.
It is believed that manager Rafael Benitez has questioned the capability of Gayle to succeed in the Premier League following his poor performances during the first two matches of the season and he has since been regularly linked with a move back to the Championship, with various clubs interested in signing the pacey striker.
In a bid to strengthen their attack, Fulham have now reportedly made a bid of around £15 million for Gayle but it is believed that Newcastle unwilling to sell the forward for anything less than £18 million.
Fulham are currently 14th in the Championship, having won just one match so far this season and the promotion hopefuls have struggled to score goals, hitting the net only four times till now.
Thus the Cottagers will be hoping that their goal scoring problems will be solved by bringing the 26-year-old Newcastle United man to Craven Cottage.
The sale of the Englishman might also help Magpies manager Rafa Benitez to raise some funds, which might be used to strengthen the other areas of the team during the final two days of the summer transfer window.
Benitez has been quite vocal about the necessity of making quality signings for his team to compete in the league this season but the Toons have failed to recruit their desired targets due to their inability to sell fringe players like Tim Krul, Achraf Lazaar and Jack Colback – who are all on big wages at St. James’ Park.
Nonetheless, the prospective sale of Gayle is certain to raise much needed funds and it does look likely that Newcastle will cash in on the striker within the final few hours of the transfer window.