West Bromwich Albion are on the hunt for a striker in January to accompany Karlan Grant, Callum Robinson and Jordan Hugill. The Telegraph said earlier in January that the Baggies are interested in Dwight Gayle, but Carlton Palmer doesn’t think the 32-year-old will be attainable from Newcastle United this time.

West Brom had Gayle on loan in 2018/19 and the uncapped Englishman scored 24 goals with eight assists in 41 games. He’s barely played for Newcastle this season, so the Baggies would understandably love to renew acquaintances, but Palmer doesn’t think Eddie Howe wants to lose Gayle.

He told Give Me Sport: “The last time (Gayle) was there (in the Championship with West Brom) he scored 24 goals. Eddie Howe has said that he’s still in their plans and I would think that Newcastle have got a plan A and a plan B.

“Plan A would obviously be survival, a plan B would be they get relegated, so I don’t think you’re going to sell a player who’s proven to have scored 24 goals in that league, in the Championship. You’ve got a player on your doorstep to fire you back to the Premier League, so I don’t think they’re selling.”

Gayle has been short of playing time at St James’ Park this season as he finds himself behind Callum Wilson and Joelinton in the pecking order. Allan Saint-Maximin has been given the nod up front ahead of Gayle at times too, so it’s no surprise that he’s considering a move away next month.

But with Howe keeping the 32-year-old in the matchday squad regardless of whether he’s introduced from the bench, it’s clear there’s a lack of depth in attack. Gayle has made just 4/18 appearances across the board this season, amassing 96 minutes from a possible 1620.

He can’t be happy sitting on the bench, but he can’t force Newcastle to let him go either.

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