West Brom’s promotion rivals keen on Dwight Gayle transfer from Newcastle United – reports
Nottingham Forest will move for former West Bromwich Albion striker Dwight Gayle in January, according to reports.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side were among a host of Championship clubs who wanted to sign Gayle in the summer transfer window but the 29-year-old stayed at Newcastle United.
Gayle returned to Newcastle after his season-long loan stint ended in play-off heartbreak when Albion were beaten by eventual winners Aston Villa in May.
Technical director Luke Dowling publicly revealed after that that the club were unable to convert Gayle’s loan into a permanent stay because of financial constraints.
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His departure left a big gap to fill and Albion continued to monitor his situation, making a fresh offer to Newcastle once Slaven Bilic was appointed which involved a loan fee with a significant sum promised after promotion back to the Premier League.
That fell through with Gayle remaining at St James Park, but his seven-minute cameo against Chelsea this weekend was his first appearance of the season.
And the Athletic reports that Forest could be tempted to try to lure him to the City Ground when the window reopens.
They report: “Following Sunday’s narrow 1-0 defeat (to Wigan) they will surely look to position themselves at the front of the queue for the Newcastle striker again, in just over two months time.”
Forest, who remained in fourth place following the loss at the DW Stadium, three points behind Albion, are short of options upfront with Rafa Mir making his first start before being replaced by Lewis Grabban.
Gayle has also been linked with Leeds United ahead of January but it is understood Newcastle boss Steve Bruce would prefer to keep him in the north east.