Birmingham City are reportedly one of five Championship clubs hoping to sign Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle this summer.
That’s according to Football Insider, which reports that Eddie Howe will allow the 32-year-old to leave this summer after demoting him to train with the club’s Under-23s side. The report states that Blues, Huddersfield Town, Preston, Reading and Millwall are all interested in the former Crystal Palace forward.
Gayle joined West Brom on a season-long loan deal from Newcastle in 2018 after they were relegated from the Premier League. He ended the season with 23 league goals and was named as the club’s Supporter’s Player of the Season as they just missed out on promotion.
According to Daily Mail’s North East football correspondent, Craig Hope, Watford have also shown an interest in the forward.
Consortium to meet with Eustace
In other news, Birmingham City’s prospective new owners Maxi Lopez and Paul Richardson are reportedly due to meet with the club’s manager John Eustace today (20 July) to ‘discuss his future’.
That’s according to Sky Sports’ Rob Dorsett, who has tweeted that it’s ‘unclear whether Eustace is part of the new consortium’s plans’.
Blues are on the brink of a takeover by the consortium led by the former Argentina striker Lopez and local businessman Richardson. Richardson was at St Andrew’s on Tuesday morning (19 July), and he confirmed to the media that contracts over a deal were exchanged over the weekend and a deposit was paid on Monday.
The club is currently owned by Birmingham Sports Holdings Ltd, and the BBC states that their initial investment would be a 21% stake in the club which would not give them a controlling interest - but it would mean that Lopez and Richardson would effectively run the club and would look to increase their stake as time goes on.
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