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West Brom in January hunt to bring back ‘tip-top’ 24-goal former striker

West Bromwich Albion are reportedly tracking the situation of a Newcastle United player who previously played for the Baggies ahead of a potential bid.

Striker Dwight Gayle spent the 2018/19 season on loan at the Hawthorns, and became a fan favourite.

He netted 24 goals during his stay as the club were defeated by Aston Villa in the play-offs.

Last campaign, he scored four times in eight league games for Newcastle post-lockdown and doubled his assists tally to two.

However, the 30-year-old is yet to feature at all this season due to a long-term ligament injury.

Nevertheless, Slaven Bilic could make Gayle a West Brom squad member once again, this time on a permanent basis according to Birmingham Live.

If a January move materialised, it would signal the end of a four-year stay at St James’ Park.

The attacker has averaged more than a goal every three games for the club having scored 33 times in 93 matches for the Magpies.

Despite this, his Premier League record is not as shiny, netting 25 goals in his 119 top-flight games.

His contract runs out in the summer having signed a five-year deal upon his arrival in 2016.

This may prompt Newcastle to ship him out next month to get a return on the £11million they paid Crystal Palace for him.


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Bruce impressed by Gayle

This news comes despite manager Steve Bruce’s positive comments about the forward this summer.

The Newcastle boss sang the praises of his player and the performances he put in towards the conclusion of last term.

“I was really impressed with Dwight at the end of the season, the way he finished,” he said.

“He had four in seven games when he was getting a bit fit. He’s come back and burst on to the scene.

“He’s looking in tip-top shape. He had two bad injuries last year.”

 

 

Ironically, Newcastle host West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Magpies will take to the field for the first time since their game previous against Aston Villa was postponed.

The fixture was pushed back due to an outbreak of Covid-19 within the club.

 

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