Cot­tagers make £15m of­fer for Toon striker

The Chronicle - - Nufc - By LEE RY­DER

NEW­CAS­TLE United have re­ceived a bid for Dwight Gayle from Ful­ham worth £15m.

The £15m of­fer was tabled first thing yes­ter­day morn­ing by the Cot­tagers but United are yet to ac­cept the of­fer – and the talk at St James’ Park is that Gayle is val­ued at a higher price.

Both Ben­itez and Gayle held talks at the club’s train­ing ground this week, with the striker telling his boss he would like to stay on Tyneside.

New­cas­tle would not part com­pany with Gayle un­less they had a re­place­ment lined up, with just hours now re­main­ing in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow.

And so far the only play­ers that United have looked at for that po­si­tion are loan deals, with Divock Origi of Liver­pool in­ter­est­ing Ben­itez as well as Lu­cas Perez of Ar­se­nal. How­ever, Origi is wanted by a host of clubs, in­clud­ing Mar­seille and Ju­ven­tus, while Perez’s wage de­mands of over £100,000 a week will prove com­pli­cated for New­cas­tle.

With the win­dow not clos­ing un­til 11pm tonight, United could hold out for a big­ger fee for Gayle.

Ben­itez still wants a goal­keeper, a left-back and a cre­ative mid­fielder with New­cas­tle try­ing to off­load play­ers in or­der to free up their bud­get and squad size.

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