Newcastle United forward, Dwight Gayle, could leave for free in the summer and Sheffield United have to have him in mind.
The Blades are looking increasingly likely to be relegated from the Premier League, despite an upturn in form. Chris Wilder’s men need just below the two points per game mark to survive, meaning it’s a task that looks more difficult with each passing week.
Of course, there is every chance United do turn things around. Some huge games are coming up and the win at Manchester United showed the Blades do have the stomach for the fight.
But planning for next season, should we dip back into the Championship is a must. That’s why looking at someone like Dwight Gayle may be ideal.
The Chronicle has claimed this week that Gayle may leave Newcastle for nothing in the summer, after becoming frustrated with his lack of minutes.
Surely, then, United have been in the mix should Gayle up and leave St James’ Park? Especially, if he’s going for nothing.
Dwight Gayle wants out of Newcastle – Blades could have a proven goalscorer
United already have a number of strikers on the books but the likes of Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick are not getting any younger, with all due respect to the pair.
Further, there’s nearly always a push in the summer windows for clubs to bring in new strikers. They are the players who cost the big bucks and normally end up being difference makers.
Gayle scored 24 times the season United went up from the Championship, narrowly missing out on promotion with West Brom. In fact, at Championship level, Gayle has hit an impressive 59 goals in 100 appearances, per Transfermarkt.
His current wages, said to be around the £40k-a-week mark according to Spotrac, wouldn’t be too extravagant for United either. Especially for a goalscorer who is proven in the second tier.
Obviously, we all want United to stay in the Premier League. And we might well just do that, at which point Gayle might still be a good option.
But if the Blades do go down, there won’t be many striking options out there who are available for nothing who’d be as good as Dwight Gayle.