Report: Fulham will target Newcastle United's Dwight Gayle in January

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,...

Fulham and Newcastle United are said to have agreed a £15 million fee on deadline day.

Dwight Gayle of Newcastle United is fouled by Christopher Schindler of Huddersfield Town in the area during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John...Dwight Gayle in action for Newcastle United

Fulham will target Newcastle United striker Dwight Gayle in January, according to a report on page 46 of Monday's Daily Mirror newspaper.

It is claimed the two clubs agreed a £15 million deal on deadline day, and that Gayle wanted a return to London.

But the move is said to have fallen through after Newcastle failed to sign Arsenal striker Lucas Perez.

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...Dwight Gayle in action for Newcastle

Gayle moved to St James' Park from Crystal Palace in a £10.8 million deal last summer (Transfermarkt), and scored 23 goals from 26 starts as the Magpies clinched the Championship title.

However, he has only played 126 minutes this campaign, and was omitted from Rafa Benitez's squad for last weekend's defeat of West Ham United.

Meanwhile, Fulham suffered defeat in the play-offs last time out, and have seen two of their top scoring players, Chris Martin and Sone Aluko, return to Derby County and sign for Reading respectively.

Sporting Braga's forward Rui Fonte (L) celebrates after scoring during the Portuguese league football match SC Braga vs CD Tondela at the Braga Municipal stadium in Braga on January 16,...Rui Fonte in action for Braga

Portuguese forward Rui Fonte has since moved to Craven Cottage from Braga in an £8.2 million deal (Transfermarkt), but Gayle's arrival could give the London side the firepower they need to go one better this season.

Again though, much will likely depend on Newcastle's ability to find a replacement first.

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