MOT View: Door opens on dream Leeds Jan transfer as PL club now reportedly open to loan deal
Ask Leeds United fans who their dream signing would be in January and many of them would say Dwight Gayle.
Well, the door has now opened on a potential deal this January after it was reported that Newcastle would consider a loan deal for the striker.
Back in December, the Telegraph linked Leeds but reported that Newcastle would only let Gayle move in a permanent deal worth £15m.
They claimed Steve Bruce was “not thought to have any interest in discussing a loan deal”.
That looks like it might have changed.
The Northern Echo reported today that Newcastle would now consider a loan move.
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They said: “Newcastle will want to recoup the majority of the £15m they spent to sign Gayle if they are to sell him permanently this month, and will only agree to a loan if any temporary employer was to commit to paying the striker’s £50,000-a-week wages in full.”
They go on to say it’s hard to see how the sums could add up for Leeds but it might not be as far-fetched as they seem to think.
Leeds were reportedly paying Eddie Nketiah’s wages of £35k-a-week and he’s off the books now, along with Jack Clarke. Clarke would have been on decent wages after his summer move to Tottenham.
In addition, according to Phil Hay in The Athletic, Leeds are set to pull in a seven-figure sum from the FA Cup game against Arsenal, a sum that can be offset against profit & sustainability and used to bring a player in.
That would more than pay for Gayle’s wages on its own for the rest of the season and Phil Hay has already claimed that Leeds like the striker.
If Newcastle want a fee on top then it could be an issue but there’s no mention of that in the report.
Not every Leeds fan wants Gayle but we think he would be the dream move and would guarantee the goals Leeds need to finally clinch promotion back to the Premier League.
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