Striker Dwight Gayle has reportedly agreed a contract extension that will keep him at Newcastle United until the summer of 2024.
Gayle, 31, had been due to fall out of contract at the end of the current campaign. However, The Athletic are reporting that the former Crystal Palace man will spend another three seasons at St James’ Park.
If true, it is news that may be baffling to Magpies’ fans as the forward has rarely featured this term. He was out of action for three months before the turn of the year but has made just two Premier League starts.
The Londoner has scored only one top-flight goal from 11 outings and seemed surplus to requirements. But it appears as though Steve Bruce values his impact from the bench.
Gayle began his professional career in the lower leagues. He cut his teeth with spells as Bishop’s Stortford, Dagenham & Redbridge and Peterborough United.
A move to Selhurst Park in July 2013 put him on the map. And he has now scored 144 goals from 323 outings in his career.
But only 34 of those have been for Newcastle and 23 came in one season. That was the north-east outfit’s 2016-2017 campaign in the Championship.
Since returning to the top flight, Gayle has bagged only 11 goals. He found the net 23 times while on loan with West Brom in 2018-19.
But, once again, that was on the second tier. The Baggies were keen to re-sign him on loan in the January transfer window but he remained on Tyneside.
Gayle offered reduced terms
The Walthamstow-born hitman was handed a pay rise before his year-long loan at the Hawthorns. But it now seems as though he will be forced to take a pay cut if he remains with Newcastle.
The current situation means finances are tight and the report states his wages will drop. It remains to be seen if he agrees to the offer as he has struggled for game time.
“Give him that opportunity because he has been injured,” he told Football Insider. “It would be wrong not to give him the opportunity to showcase what he can do in the Premier League.”
The Magpies are in a relegation fight and face a battle for survival. News of Gayle’s new deal might mean they are already preparing for life in the Championship.
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