Date: 7th August 2019 at 1:00pm
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Former international Danny Mills believes there is a ‘real good chance’ his old club Leeds United could secure the signature of Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle.

Time is running out for – or anyone else – to secure a deal for the 28-year-old. However, with Leeds and West Bromwich Albion both said to be interested, BBC pundit Mills feels the frontman would choose Elland Road over a return.

“It’s obviously a club that he knows, that has pluses and minuses but maybe if Leeds can match everything, the enticement of [Marcelo] Bielsa, the way that they play, he’d be the main man, 35,000 fans every week, massive away crowd and a real good opportunity to get into the play-offs and the Premier League,” he told Football Insider.

“That could sway it. He’s probably thinking look at how way they play, I could get a few goals. If Leeds are serious and match the money, there’s a real, real good chance they could get him.”

OPINION

It’s strange to think that Gayle is essentially a spare part at Newcastle despite being the club’s joint fifth highest earner on £40,000-per-week [Source: Spotrac]. Not only is that a damning indictment of how little the pay their players compared to their Premier League rivals, but it shows you what a decline Gayle has suffered during his time at St James’ Park. He would appear to be a fair way down the pecking order under new boss , something that hasn’t been helped by his inability to take part in pre season due to . As for whether he would choose a switch to Leeds over , it’s hard to say. Bielsa’s side have lost to so they have a vacancy up front and some cash to play with, whereas the Baggies don’t seem to have the same spending power, despite a similar need at the position. The lure of Elland Road and Bielsa could well prove the difference, here, but Newcastle still have to decide what to do with the player.