According to Sky Sports Transfer Centre (18:18), Fulham are looking to fire themselves back to the Premier League and are wanting Dwight Gayle to lead that charge.
However, there’s just one problem standing in the way – Aleksandar Mitrovic. The problem that Fulham face in their intention to land hotshot Gayle is that they need to move 24-year-old Serbian Mitrovic on first.
Mitrovic, who cost Fulham nearly £19m from Newcastle United, secured a full-time move to Craven Cottage ahead of last season. He went on to notch 11 goals and provide three assists in a season that saw the Cottagers fail to avoid the drop.
It’s very unlikely Mitrovic will be willing to plough through another Sky Bet Championship campaign like he did when on an initial loan at Fulham before his permanent move there. Still, the value that Fulham place on his head, a value of £30million, is a fee that only a Premier League side would be looking to pay out.
It is a fee of that magnitude that Fulham will use to buy Newcastle United’s Dwight Gayle. 28-year-old centre forward Gayle has proven his worth yet again in the second tier of English football whilst on a season-long loan at West Brom.
In 39 appearances, Gayle scored 23 goals and added eight assists for the Baggies in a campaign that saw them hit the play-offs before losing out in a penalty shoot-out against local rivals Aston Villa.
Buying Gayle outright from Newcastle would give Fulham that goal threat that they will need to fire them back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking. First though, they need to get rid of Aleksandar Mitrovic and bring in £30million.