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‘For his own benefit’: Eddie Howe opens up on telling star to leave Newcastle

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Eddie Howe told Dwight Gayle that the striker should leave Newcastle United ‘for his own benefit’ amid interest from Championship clubs including Middlesbrough and West Brom.

The Magpies boss has opened up on his discussions with Gayle, via quotes by The Shields Gazette, with the forward currently frozen out on Tyneside. Howe has instructed the 32-year-old to train away from the Toon first-team, and did not take him on tour in Austria.

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Gayle still has another two years to run on the contract extension Newcastle afforded him under Steve Bruce last year. But he held no role in Howe’s plans last season following the Magpies firing Bruce, with Gayle only playing 10 minutes over five Premier League games.

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Through the entirety of the last term, in fact, Gayle only managed 106 minutes across nine appearances in all competitions. He also failed to score or offer an assist, with his last top-flight goal a match-winning header from the bench against West Brom in December 2020.

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Now, West Brom are among the Championship sides interested in signing Gayle as Howe pushes the forward to leave Newcastle. But The Northern Echo note the Toon’s £10m man does not deem the Baggies, Middlesbrough or Watford’s offers to be financial acceptable.

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A move to Middlesbrough would interest Gayle the most if Boro can present a superior bid to him and Newcastle, per Chronicle Live. He is settled in the North East with his family, so would prefer to remain in the region than move to the West Midlands or to Hertfordshire.

Negotiations over a possible deal have stalled, though, with Newcastle wanting acceptable terms before freeing Gayle this summer. But Howe still believes that a move away from St James’ Park would be the best option for the attacker ahead of the upcoming campaign.

“I’ve had a couple of conversations with Dwight,” Howe stated. “At the end of last season, we had a good conversation and made him aware of the situation, for his own benefit, so he could take his career into its next phase. I was very honest with him.

“I said from day one, I had a great relationship with him, and I love working with him. He was brilliant for the team last year and because of all those things, he deserved the utmost respect and honesty from me about the how the future lay for him.

“I wanted to give him the best chance to find his next home. I really hope he goes on and has a great season next year, and I wish him nothing but success.”
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