According to reports from London Evening Standard, West Ham are leading the race to sign Burnley’s contract rebel Andre Gray – who is yet to agree a new deal at Turf Moor beyond the end of next season.
That could see the Hammers pick him for £15million this summer – £6.5million more than his current £8.5million worth according to Transfermarkt – which, in the modern transfer market, is a bit of a steal for any player of half-decent quality.
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Last season saw Gray net nine times and lay on three assists, which may not seem a particularly spectacular return in the grand scheme of things.
But that was Gray’s first season in the Premier League, having made it all the way up from non-league football with Hinckley Town, and he was leading the line for a Burnley side that created the third-fewest chances in the division after relegated duo Sunderland and Middlesbrough.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect from West Ham’s perspective, however, is that Gray offers them something a little different in the final third.
His energy and speed – according to LES, something that has drawn Slaven Bilic to the 26-year-old – contrast nicely with Andy Carroll’s height and power, giving the Hammers gaffer plenty of options up front.
Likewise, Gray showed the season prior, netting 23 times in the Championship, just how clinical a finisher he is – something further highlighted by him scoring with every 5.2 efforts at goal last season. Ranking ninth for chances created last term but only eleventh for goals, the Irons are certainly in need of one of those.
But the east Londoners have been linked with a large variety of strikers this summer, so is Gray the signing West Ham need or should Bilic target someone else? Let us know by voting below…