Dwight Gayle open to making Albion loan deal permanent

Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle has said that he is open to making his loan stay at West Bromwich Albion a permanent one in the summer. Gayle has been a revelation in the Championship for the Baggies and is on a season long loan at the Hawthorns from the Magpies.

Gayle revealed that the thought of making the switch permanent had crossed his mind and that “he was very happy playing his football” at Albion. A lot would however depend on whether the Baggies can return to the top flight for the 2019/20 season and what happens to Newcastle in the Premier League this season.

Albion are currently 5th in the Championship table after 17 rounds of footy, five behind leaders Norwich City. The free flowing Baggies though have found the back of the net 37 times so far, more than any other team in the league, and Gayle, with his nine goals, has played a massive role. Continue reading “Dwight Gayle open to making Albion loan deal permanent”

Fran Merida Leeds | Whites boss Thomas Christiansen eyes former Arsenal midfielder

Leeds United boss Thomas Christiansen is reportedly weighing up a move for former Arsenal medio Fran Merida. The Spaniard was once tipped by Arsene Wenger to be the next Cesc Fabregas, but hasn’t quite fulfilled his potential and after spells with the Gunners, Atleti, Hercules, Atletico Paranaense and Huesca, is currently plying his trade with Osasuna in the Spanish second tie. The club, despite Merida’s best efforts, were relegated from La Liga last season.

Leeds are currently joint top of the Championship table, having beaten Ipswich 3-2 over the weekend, but Christiansen has earmarked several targets to strengthen his squad in the winter, with the club having narrowly missed out on the playoffs last season after finishing 7th.

The Whites are currently in Wales preparing for a midweek Championship fixture against Cardiff City.

Sebastien Squillaci to depart Arsenal?

Arsenal have received a bid for French defender Sebastien Squillaci. The big stopper has been out of favour for both club and country recently and would be looking for a move that could see him playing regular football again.

The Sun reports that newly promoted side, Bastia, want him to return the Lique 1. The 31 year old has previous experience in the French league, playing for both Monaco and Lyon. He was part of the Lyon double winning side in season 2007/08. He also won the Copa Del Rey with Spanish side Sevilla in 2010 before signing a 3 year deal with Premiership side, Arsenal.

Sebastien Squillaci’s 2 years at Arsenal has seen him play 38 games in all competitions, scoring 2 goals. He has 21 caps for France and also qualifies to play for non-FIFA affiliated team Corsica.