The weekend brought reports of Newcastle United interest in Premier League striker Andre Gray.

Monday morning sees the bookies making Rafa Benitez the evens favourite to make Tyneside the player’s next club.

Andre Gray has turned down the offer of an extension to his contract at Burnley and they look sure to sell this summer, with the striker having only one year left on his current deal and the possibility of him leaving for nothing in 12 months time.

The forward made his 26th Premier League start of the season and played 78 minutes before being subbed, as Burnley lost 2-1 at home to West Ham.

The betting on which will be the next club for Andre Gray, sees Ladbrokes offering the following prices:

Newcastle United – Evens

Tottenham – 4/1

West Ham – 13/2

Stoke City – 7/1

Southampton – 8/1

West Brom – 9/1

Leicester City – 10/1

Swansea City – 14/1

The Mag – Sunday 21 May 2017:

There are reports on Sunday morning that Newcastle are looking at Andre Gray.

The Burnley striker signed from Brentford for £6m in 2015 and with only one year left on his contract now, the striker has turned down the possibility of an extension to that three year deal.

Andre Gray turns 26 in June and has a very similar profile to Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle who is now 27.

Like Gayle, the Burnley striker has gone right through from non-league football to the Premier League, showing that you should never give up.

Released by Wolves as a kid, Andre Gray played for both Hinckley and Telford before scoring a load of goals for Luton in the National League.

Two seasons (2014/15 and 2015/16) in the Championship with Brentford and Burnley more than showed he could handle that step up, in 87 league starts he scored 42 goals and grabbed 14 assists.

His first taste of football in the top tier with Burnley has seen a decent year, in 25 starts (plus six from the bench) he has scored nine goals with also two assists.

When you take into account that he is playing for a team who rely on a resolute defence as the basis for their survival, his goal total is decent. Only the relegated clubs have scored less than Burnley’s 38 goals in 37 matches.

The Mirror claim that Burnley will sell as the forward won’t sign a new contract and that Tottenham are also interested in Gray, as well as Newcastle, but with Champions League football and money lying ahead (and to offer), you would imagine Spurs to be looking to shop at a higher level.

As for Newcastle, if there is any substance in the claimed interest, then you could see possibilities.

Maybe playing with Dwight Gayle, Newcastle could have two hard working strikers who would both get goals, as well as doing the dirty work as well.

In terms of it being a deal Newcastle could potentially pull off, you can also see it as achievable.

Newcastle are almost certainly going to have to take risks with any signings this summer, in terms of their age/lack of experience, maybe injury concerns, and so on.

With Andre Gray he is an ideal age but does have only these 25 starts in the Premier League so far, plus he doesn’t sound the brightest. Twice getting into trouble after posting stuff on Twitter and the FA getting involved.

  • Rich Lawson

    He looks very average and do we need to take yet another bad boy ? Can’t honestly see why Rafa would want this one ?

  • James Palmer

    Not a proven premier league striker only had one season and scored 9 league goals. Dwight Gayle who a lot of pundits say is not premier league quality has a better goals to games ratio in the premier league with 3 seasons experience. I would not be rushing out to buy this guy

  • MadMag83

    I’d rather play Armstrong than him

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    is this the standard of player we are looking at, not impressed at all

    • HarryHype59

      Is this part of the Rafalution?

  • Tim Boddy

    Isn’t this guy a rabid homophobe who suggested it was OK to kill gay people?

    • Hughie_Gallacher

      I’ve just been reading a few of his twitter tirades. He seems to fit the stereotype of the thick modern footballer, unable to string a sentence together.
      Don’t want him.

      • Tim Boddy

        Nope. Me neither. Prefer to support a team full of footballers that are good human beings. He seems like a complete idiot. We’ve had enough of them over the years. Do we really need an older Nile Ranger? Read Isaac Hayden’s interview from the Telegraph for some intelligent thoughts from a proper football player. A few more like Hayden are the kind of lads we need.

        • Tynewalker

          Agree totally about Hayden

          • Oooh bobbi fleckman

            Even Hayden has let his tongue work overtime once or twice.

      • Lhc

        Get a grip!!

  • 1957

    I’ve just watched a replay of the Burnley / West Ham game and if that’s his general standard we would be better served with Mitrovic, Gayle is streets ahead of Gray.

    Gray was substituted and replaced by another Chronicle ‘target’, Barnes, if we buy either or both of those two mid table is just a fantasy, they are Championship level journeyman.

  • Geordiegiants

    Not really a story he is not going to be Rafas cup of tea.

  • Albert Stubbins

    Spuds are after him? no way. A second rate Dwight Gayle. Please Rafa – No!!

    • HarryHype59

      Doubt very much that he is wanted by Spurs.

  • Mrkgw

    Not an inspirational trophy signing but, if he comes into the club then we need to give the lad a chance. In Rafa we trust.

    • Down Under Mag

      Think we’ve done our dash on “trophy” signings and we saw where that got us with the likes of Owen etc. Can’t see this guy being a huge priority for Rafa…more a Carr budget signing or just agents using us to drum up interest in his client.

  • JOsh

    Javeir hernadez wouldnt be bad signing ex Man U striker!

  • NUFCDan

    Too similar to Gayle, can’t see it. If Rafa is going to continue playing one striker we probably need someone who can play across the front 3 and act as backup striker in an emergency, We’ve got to give Gayle a period as being first choice striker, his record with Place in the PL was pretty good and a lot of that time he was played out of position on the wing.

    • Andy Mac

      Agreed. He’s got Gayle’s DNA so why bother with another DG mark 2 ? I’d rather have an attacking, pacy LM who scores a few goals and a top quality £20m-30m striker. Playing one up front means the left/right flanks have far more work to do to contribute with goals and assists. We cannot rely on Ritchie and Aarons alone so let’s find that Eden Hazard of the future ? He’s out there somewhere ?