Fresh hope for Leeds, Forest as Newcastle consider Gayle exit with caveat

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A number of Championship clubs including Leeds Utd and Nottingham Forest have been given a boost after a report revealed Newcastle are willing to allow Dwight Gayle to leave on loan, as long as one key requirement is met.

Gayle has become something of a Championship specialist, notching 23 goals in each of the last two seasons in which he played in the division for West Brom and Newcastle respectively.

Promotion-chasing duo Leeds and Forest have been two sides frequently mentioned as potential landing spots should Gayle be allowed to leave Tyneside.

The recalling of Eddie Nketiah and Jack Clarke has left the men from Elland Road with a shortage of options in the attacking areas, though a promising Man City winger could soon arrive.

Now, both the Yorkshire club and Forest have been given fresh hope in the quest to land Gayle after a report from British newspaper the Daily Mail revealed Steve Bruce’s side would “consider letting him leave St. James’ Park in temporary deal” providing a “£20million obligation to buy” is inserted into the terms.

That figure represents a hefty outlay for any Championship club, but the addition of a proven goalscorer in Gayle could make the difference between promotion to the Premier League or otherwise.

The Mail article notes that Forest are “keen” on acquiring the 29-year-old who has found dislodging big-money signing Joelinton difficult under Steve Bruce.

Meanwhile, a former Leeds United stalwart has been linked with a dramatic return to Elland Road to fill the void left by Marcelo Bielsa, should he depart in the summer.