Newcastle United are considering opening contract talks with striker Dwight Gayle, according to a report.

Gayle’s current St James’ Park deal is set to expire in June 2021, meaning the 31-year-old will become a free agent next summer if terms aren’t renewed.

The report from Football Insider claims that Gayle may threaten to ‘quit’ at the club in January should Newcastle not offer a new deal.

This is something Steve Bruce is understandably keen to steer clear of, as the Magpies boss values the goalscoring threat of the forward who has netted 33 goals in 87 league games for the club since his arrival in 2016.

Gayle is currently suffering with a knee injury and isn’t expected to return to the fold until December, so a new contract for a player over the age of 30 and not currently involved would be a surprise.

This coupled with The Telegraph’s report in August that Gayle will see out his contract and leave for free at the end of the season make these developments all the more interesting.

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