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.