However, getting the 28-year-old to move from the North-East will prove to be a difficult task for two reasons.
Gayle has just recovered from an injury that has kept him out of every Toon game so far this season, and Bruce has said that he intends to use the 28-year-old in a prominent role – as Bruce believes he can score goals in the Premier League.
If Benitez were still in charge, Leeds would have had a much better chance of signing Gayle.
The second reason why signing Gayle will be so tricky is because of his wages.
The former Peterborough striker is on around £40,000 per week and would be unwilling to take too much of a pay cut to join Leeds.
There are rumours of outside investment coming into the Elland Road-based side, but that would need to arrive quickly to fund any potential move for Gayle to cover both his wages and any potential transfer fee.
It seems that on this occasion, Gayle will be remaining on Tyneside.
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