According to The Daily Mail, Middlesbrough are interested in signing Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle ... but the club don't even have a manager!
Gayle spent the 2018-19 season on loan at Championship side West Bromwich Albion, scoring 24 league goals in 39 appearances for the Baggies.
Middlesbrough’s struggles in front of goal are clear to see, with just four teams scoring less goals than Tony Pulis’ side last season. 49 goals in 46 games was one of the key factors as to why Boro missed out on the Play Offs, with Derby County ultimately overtaking them into the top six in the last few weeks of the campaign.
The Teessider’s number nine Britt Assombalonga has been generating a lot of interest from clubs both in the Championship and the Premier League, and Dwight Gayle could be seen as a direct replacement for the DR Congo international.
It is not known whether a deal for Gayle would be a loan move or a permanent one, but if Assombalonga was to leave, Middlesbrough could use the transfer fee generated to fund a move for the Newcastle forward.
The report suggests that the 28-year old is not expected to stay at St. James Park this summer, and will actively look for a move away. However, he could prefer to stay in the North East, and Boro could be the perfect club for the next stage in his career.
West Brom recently ruled themselves out in the chase to sign Gayle, with Technical Director Luke Dowling stating:
“Financially, we were prepared to pay the money for Dwight’s contract for this season. It hasn’t worked out (because we didn’t win promotion)."