His current deal expires at the end of the month and Newcastle do not want to lose him on a free, instead hoping to either sell or loan him, the same outlet reports.
Will Bruce be at Newcastle next season?
Whatever the case, Howey is still surprised by the development. When asked about it, he told TIF:
“Three years, it’s a good contract. It’s [potentially] more stability for him and his family. I don’t know; he hasn’t been used a great deal this season.
“I’m kind of a little bit surprised when he’s another one that hasn’t really been used that much.”
Indeed, it is a little bit of a strange one. If Newcastle cannot find a buyer for Gayle or a team who are willing to pay all of his wages during a loan spell, then they are stuck with a player on Premier League money who manager Steve Bruce barely used in the campaign that has just gone.
Bearing that in mind, perhaps letting him go on a free transfer would have been best for all parties.