This is the shock transfer update West Brom fans have been praying for
West Bromwich Albion have not given up on landing Dwight Gayle and the Newcastle United striker could yet return to The Hawthorns next season.
The transfer U-turn comes less than a month after Albion publicly revealed that they were unable to convert Gayle’s loan into a permanent stay because of financial constraints.
Technical director Luke Dowling said after the play-off defeat to Aston Villa in May: “No-one would like to keep Dwight more than myself.
“We can all recognise what he gives us on the pitch and the way he conducts himself off the pitch in the local area – he’s brought his family down from Newcastle for the year, he’s brought into everything we want to do.
“Financially, we were prepared to pay the money for Dwight’s contract for this season. It hasn’t worked out (because we didn’t win promotion).
“Dwight’s contract is a Premier League contract and we will pay Premier League contracts, but we’ll only do that once we’re back in the Premier League.
“I know it won’t be the news Albion fans want to hear, but they need to trust us and know we’re doing everything right for this club.
“We don’t want to keep players on big contracts and have to lay the general staff off and make people redundant.
“We want to keep everyone here because we’ve got good people behind the scenes.”
The Croatian is reluctant to lose Gayle’s goal threat as he bids to oversee another promotion push next season.
And Albion will raise the prospect of re-signing Gayle during talks with Newcastle United over Salomon Rondon.
The Magpies are desperate to land Rondon on a permanent basis after he impressed on loan at St James’ Park last term after a deal which saw Gayle head in the opposition direction.
Gayle, who scored 24 goals in Baggies colours, has caught the attention of a number of clubs already this summer including Aston Villa, Leeds United and Middlesbrough.