According to the reports from Daily Mail, Nottingham Forest are preparing a loan deal for Newcastle United’s striker Dwight Gayle with an obligation to buy him permanently for £15m if they achieve promotion. Sabri Lamouchi believes that the club needs a signing like Gayle to get them to the English top flight.
Gayle has been in demand with Championship clubs for quite some time. The striker has barely featured for the Magpies this season, and he is currently down with a hamstring injury. However, he is expected to recover soon. Gayle has started in just two games in the Premier League this season and has been behind the pecking order to Joelinton and Andy Carroll.
However, the 29-year-old is a proven player at the Championship level and had bagged 24 goals and eight assists last season for West Brom while on loan. Gayle’s overall record in the English second tier is impressive as he has 60 goals and 16 assists in 101 appearances.
Nottingham Forest have hit a good run of form, and they are just two points off West Brom who are currently second in the table. Lewis Grabban is presently the main striker for the Tricky Trees, and he has been in decent form as he has bagged 16 goals in the Championship so far. The club also signed Nuno da Costa from Strasbourg just a few days back. However, it seems like the Lamouchi is on the lookout for one more striker before the transfer window shuts down.
What will Gayle add to Lamouchi’s team?
Gayle is known for his impressive pace and ability to make runs into the channels. The Englishman can be a versatile forward as he can play in various roles across the front three. The 29-year-old can stretch play well with his well-timed runs, and he has that pace and agility to go past defenders.
In front of goal, Gayle has showcased impressive finishing skills over the years, and his positioning is also spot-on in and around the box. Like it is commonly said, the striker knows where the back of the net is.
There is no doubt that Nottingham would boost their chances of going up if they sign someone like Gayle. However, they need to be careful as the Newcastle forward could be rusty this season as he has barely played and has struggled with injuries. Steve Bruce has often maintained that the striker is not up for grabs and so it remains to be seen whether Nottingham would be successful in their approach or not on deadline day.