Newcastle United signing Danny Ings could work out in Leeds United's favour

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...

Leeds United fans want Thomas Christiansen to make a move for Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle.

Danny Ings of Burnley gives the thunbs up after the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Stoke City at Turf Moor on May 16, 2015 in Burnley, England.

According to the Daily Mirror, Newcastle United are set to rival Leeds United for Danny Ings - and it could actually work out in Thomas Christiansen’s side’s favour to lose out.

Ings has reportedly emerged on both of Newcastle’s and Leeds’ radars ahead of the January transfer window.

It seems likely that Ings will opt to move to St. James’ Park, if both clubs do come in for him.

Newcastle have the advantage of having Premier League football on offer, and the draw of working with a high profile manager in Rafael Benitez is a major pull for players.

Danny Ings of Liverpool is chased down by Jordi Osei Tutu of Arsenal during the Premier League 2 match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Meadow Park on August 25, 2017 in Borehamwood,...

Leeds would, of course, be disappointed to miss out on Ings - but it may make Dwight Gayle available.

If Ings arrives at Newcastle then Gayle’s place in Benitez’s squad looks even more precarious.

Gayle started as Newcastle’s main striker this season, but he has quickly dropped down the pecking order on Tyneside.

Leeds fans have begun to ask for Christiansen to make a move for Gayle, as reported by HITC, but at the moment a transfer looks unlikely.

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 still need Gayle, as things stand, as he looks to be their main cover for Joselu.

However, if Ings was to arrive at St. James’ Park, that may just make Gayle expendable - and Leeds would be well placed to do a deal for the Magpies forward.

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