West Brom have ruled out making a permanent move for Dwight Gayle this summer from Newcastle United.
Gayle has had a superb campaign for West Brom this season, and he has been their top goalscorer in all competitions with 24 goals from his 41 appearances.
He has been an integral part of the side that finished fourth in the Championship.
Unfortunately for West Brom, they lost on penalties in their Championship play-off semi-final to Aston Villa, and will now spend their second consecutive season in the second tier.
The Baggies were expected to make the deal for Gayle permanent this summer with him seemingly surplus to requirements at Newcastle, but this now seems unlikely.
West Brom’s sporting and technical director Luke Dowling spoke about Gayle in an interview with BBC WM Sport:
Dwight’s contract is a Premier League contract. We will pay Premier League contracts but only once we’re back in the Premier League. I know that’s not the news Albion fans want to hear but they need to trust us and know that we’re doing everything right for this Football Club. We don’t want to keep players on big contracts and have to lay normal staff off.
Gayle signed for West Brom last summer in a loan swap deal with Saloman Rondon, who moved the other way to join Newcastle United.
Newcastle could make the deal for Rondon permanent this summer, but they face competition from Wolves and West Ham as they both chase his signature in a £16 million deal.
Alternative strikers that West Brom could sign
Brendan Rodgers has suggested that Kelechi Iheanacho could be sent out on loan by Leicester next season. He desperately needs a run of games and could be forced into dropping into the Championship.
Brentford’s Neal Maupay will no doubt attract a lot of attention this summer, from teams in the Championship and elsewhere.
Oli McBurnie may be forced into leaving Swansea this summer if the club needs to raise funds.
If West Brom are looking to try and save money or take their transfer business in another direction then Lyle Taylor could be an option. He’s scored plenty of goals in League One this season.