Forget Ings, Leeds should make loan bid for Newcastle striker after failed summer approach

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to kick off in the Sky Bet Championship League match between Leeds United and Bolton Wanderers, at Elland Road Stadium on March 5, 2016 in Leeds,...

Leeds United were linked with Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle in the summer, and have more recently been linked with Liverpool's Danny Ings.

Danny Ings of Liverpool fends off Alan Hutton of Aston Villa during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Aston Villa at Anfield on September 26, 2015 in Liverpool,...

ESPN recently reported that Leeds were interested in a January bid for Liverpool striker Danny Ings as they looked to strengthen their chances of securing promotion out of the Championship after their promising start to the season.

Ings has been plagued by injury since arriving at Anfield and has more recently struggled to break into Jurgen Klopp's plans. So while he may be an excellent addition to the Whites squad if they are able to bring him to Elland Road during the winter, there is surely an element of risk involved.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United at City Ground on August 26, 2017 in Nottingham,...

So perhaps Thomas Christiansen should consider turning to a striker who Leeds made an enquiry for during the summer window as it is surely a safer bet that he would perform in the Championship if he was to join.

The Shields Gazette reported during the final days of the transfer window that Leeds had approached Newcastle with an enquiry regarding Dwight Gayle.

Gayle has also struggled for opportunities this season, with Rafa Benitez only handing him two Premier League starts and four substitute appearances, but his form last season suggests that he would be a brilliant signing for the Yorkshire outfit.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring the opening goal during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on...

Only Chris Wood scored more than the 23 goals that Gayle bagged in the second tier last term, and he did that in just 32 appearances, including just 26 starts.

The Shields Gazette reported that Newcastle wanted £20 million in the summer and wanted to have a replacement lined up

Of course, his asking price would have to drop significantly for a permanent deal to be a possible option for Leeds, but perhaps a loan move may appeal to all parties if Newcastle do manage to get another striker through the door.

And if Leeds could land Gayle on loan, their promotion hopes would surely receive a major boost - and for that reason, the Whites simply have to get back in contact with the Magpies when the window opens.

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