Newcastle will block injured striker Dwight Gayle’s departure from the club in January, according to a report.
Gayle, 30, has not kicked a ball this season and is still recovering from knee surgery.
Football Insider though claim that Newcastle “plan to block Gayle leaving in January for a cut-price fee”.
They claim that Newcastle are keen to extend his contract, which expires in the summer. That would make him a free agent in June and they will not want to lose him for free after valuing him at £20m not so long ago.
Newcastle boss Steve Bruce does not want to lose Gayle, after being caught short up front at the end of last season.
The former Crystal Palace striker is on the mend and could return to action this month.
He picked up a knee injury in the pre-season victory over Crewe and it was later discovered he had damaged medial collateral ligaments.
The report claims the Magpies are expecting interest in the goalscorer with “Premier League and top Championship clubs are monitoring the forward’s situation”.
Bruce is a big fan of Gayle, and he had to make a quick move for Callum Wilson when the seriousness of Gayle’s injury was realised.
Bruce jumped at Wilson deal
Bruce though admitted they would have signed Wilson anyway.
“Yes, if he’d become available like we said he was,” said Bruce in September. “Although, it highlighted how urgently we needed one when Dwight went down.
“We jumped into action very, very quickly.
“I was very pleased with Dwight at the back end of last season. It’s a tragedy for him and it seems to have been that way since I’ve been here.
“He’s been injured and unfortunately too often. We wish him a speedy recovery.”