West Brom technical director Luke Dowling has said that the club will not be making a permanent move for loan star Dwight Gayle in the upcoming summer transfer window.

Speaking to the Express and Star, West Brom technical director Luke Dowling has said that the club will not be making a permanent move for loan hero Dwight Gayle.

Since joining from Newcastle United on loan in the summer transfer window prior to the start of the 2018/19 Championship season, Gayle has been a mainstay in the West Brom side. He netted 24 goals in all competitions, helping the Baggies to the Play-Offs.

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However, Gayle’s form was not enough to help the club return to the top flight at the first time of asking, losing to Aston Villa in the Play-Off semi-finals.

Now, Dowling has stated that the club will not be making a permanent move for the striker.

“No. No-one would like to keep Dwight more than myself.

“We can all recognise what he gives us on the pitch and the way he conducts himself off the pitch in the local area – he’s brought his family down from Newcastle for the year, he’s bought into everything we want to do.

“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).

“Dwight’s contract is a Premier League contract and we will pay Premier League contracts, but we’ll only do that once we’re back in the Premier League. I know it won’t be the news Albion fans want to hear, but they need to trust us and know we’re doing everything right for this club.

“We don’t want to keep players on big contracts and have to lay the general staff off and make people redundant. We want to keep everyone here because we’ve got good people behind the scenes. But we will still have a competitive wage bill on the pitch next year.”


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