Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has dropped an update on the Rs’ pursuit of Andre Gray.
In recent comments cited by West London Sport, the QPR boss revealed that he is still in the market for a centre-forward in what remains of the summer transfer window, as he believes his side is lacking an attacking outlet who boasts significant pace and power.
The 58-year-old said: “Teams know we want to play football and they’re going to try to stop us playing. We need to have that outlet of pace and power in behind, so if that opportunity arises then we’ll move if we can – obviously within the confines of the budget.
“We’ve had a really good transfer window and done a lot of good business early, but if another opportunity arises then hopefully we can make that move.”
However, when asked directly whether or not QPR were plotting a move for the Watford centre-forward, Warburton said: “I’m never going to talk about another club’s player. He’s a Watford player. We’ve got to look at what options are available. Let’s see what becomes available.”
It then emerged on Monday via The Athletic that Gray was actually on the verge of heading to west London on loan.
As Warburton states, QPR have enjoyed what looks to be a very successful transfer window thus far, having already landed the impressive additions of Andre Dozzell, Stefan Johansen, Charlie Austin, Jordy de Wijs and Jimmy Dunne amongst others on permeant deals, as well as the loan signing of Norwich City left-back Sam McCallum.
And, while the manager refused to directly discuss his reported interest in Gray, the 58-year-old’s hint that he will be moving for another striker – with the Watford forward very much appearing to be his primary target – prior to the closure of the summer transfer window on Tuesday is sure to have left fans buzzing.
Indeed, despite struggling for form in the Premier League, the man Xisco Munoz dubbed a “brilliant” player has demonstrated on a number of occasions that he is a prolific marksman in the Championship – with the £70k-per-week forward scoring 46 goals and registering 19 assists over his 118 second-tier appearances, averaging a goal involvement a little under every two fixtures.
As such, considering how impressive QPR have been over their opening five league fixtures of the season, with the Rs currently sitting in third place in the Championship, the addition of the £3.6m-rated Gray would only seem to boost Warburton’s chances of securing a top-six finish come the end of the season – an outcome that would delight everyone involved with the club, including the supporters.