Report: Newcastle want £18m for Dwight Gayle

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle in action  during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on August 13, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Newcastle striker could leave before the transfer deadline.

TOPSHOT - Newcastle United's English forward Dwight Gayle (L) is tackled in the penalty area during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United...TOPSHOT - Newcastle United's English forward Dwight Gayle (L) is tackled in the penalty area during the English Premier League football match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United...

Newcastle will not let Dwight Gayle leave St James’ Park for less than £18m, according to a report by the Daily Star.

Leeds are keen on signing the striker according to the report, although that is in contrast to a Yorkshire Evening Post story that says the Whites have no interest in the player.

Meanwhile, Wolves are Sky Bet’s 7/2 favourites to land the 27-year-old during this transfer window. But whoever wants to bring Gayle on board will have to pay a pretty penny to nab him.

And there are more potential bumps in the road with the Star suggesting that Rafael Benitez will also only allow Gayle to quit the north east if a replacement can be found.

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is seen during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on August 26, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne,...

Gayle notched 23 goals in the Championship last season, which was the second highest tally in the division as Newcastle surged to the league title.

Wolves are one of the few second-tier sides who would be able to meet Newcastle's lofty demands, having already spent big this summer to bring in Porto sensation Ruben Neves for £15m, according to a report by the BBC.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle scores the third Newcastle goal  during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Nottingham Forest at St James' Park on December 30, 2016 in...

Gayle has fallen behind Aleksandar Mitrovic and newboy Joselu in the pecking order at St James’ Park following a hamstring injury and as a result Benitez appears happy to move him on.

Wolves are looking to add more firepower to their squad as they target a return to the Premier League and need to find a replacement for Nouha Dicko, who the Express and Star believe could be heading to Hull after having a bid accepted.

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