Queens Park Rangers have been dealt a major blow in their bid to bring Andre Gray to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium this summer.
That’s according to a report by The Express, who claim that the Watford centre-forward is more than happy to see out the remaining year of his current contract at Vicarage Road, as the 30-year-old is acutely aware that a new club would find it difficult to match his £70k-per-week wages.
The report goes on to state teams such as QPR, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City have registered their interest in a loan deal for the former Burnley striker, however, their collective reluctance to pay a significant percentage of the Jamaica international’s salary means an agreement between Watford and any of the interested clubs looks unlikely.
While Mark Warburton has already secured a number of impressive additions to his QPR side in the summer transfer window, including the signing of West Bromwich Albion centre-forward Charlie Austin, a further deal for the £3.6m-rated Gray would have very much been the cherry on the cake for the 58-year-old.
While the 30-year-old has not exactly enjoyed the most prolific of spells in the Premier League, scoring 23 goals and registering eight assists over his 115 appearances in the top flight, it is undeniable that, at Championship level, Gray is an extremely capable goalscorer.
Indeed, over his 118 Championship fixtures, the centre-forward Xisco Munoz dubbed a “brilliant” player has bagged 46 goals and provided 19 assists, averaging a direct goal involvement a little under every two games.
As such, alongside a fellow Championship bagsman in Austin, the addition of Gray would have certainly provided QPR’s hopes of promotion this season with a rather significant boost, and the fact it appears a deal for the Watford man is all but dead in the water will undoubtedly have left Warburton gutted.