Wolves may surpass Newcastle in coming years; but Dwight Gayle would be foolish to make move

Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been linked with a move for Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on December 2, 2017 in London, England.

According to a recent report from the Birmingham Mail, Wolves are interested in strengthening their striker options during the January transfer window, and Dwight Gayle is one of the players who is on their radar.

Wolves are in a fantastic position in the Championship, and it appears to be a case of when and not if they get promoted this season, with third place in the division 10 points back of Nuno Espirito Santo's men.

Wolves manager Nuno Espírito Santo looks on during the pre-season friendly match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City at Molineux on July 29, 2017 in Wolverhampton, England.

With Newcastle sliding down the Premier League table currently, and Rafa Benitez asking for just £20 million to spend in January, according to the Daily Mirror, it is surely fair to suggest that Wolves could well be looking to surpass the Magpies the next season. 

But despite Wolves' progress and ambition, it would surely still be a fairly foolish move for Gayle to consider leaving St James' Park for Molineux. 

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.

The 27-year-old was instrumental in guiding Benitez's men to promotion last season, but has been more of a peripheral figure this term, starting just six times in the Premier League.

He has become more of a regular starter in recent weeks - and vindicated that faith by scoring twice - but he would certainly be forgiven for wanting to leave if he senses that Benitez does not view him as his long-term first-choice striker option. 

However, that should not tempt Gayle towards Wolves if they do make an offer in January - as Nuno is surely even more unlikely to be able to offer him first-team football. 

Leo Bonatini has been fantastic this season, scoring 12 goals in 20 appearances, so it seems highly unlikely that Gayle will be more than the Brazilian's understudy if he arrived at Molineux.

Surely therefore, Gayle should look to make the most of his current run in the Newcastle team and look for a move away if he falls out of favour again - but perhaps Wolves would not be the best destination for him.

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