West Bromwich Albion are interested in a deal to bring Ande Gray to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Football Insider, who claim that Valerien Ismael’s side, as well as Swansea City, are interested in a deal for the Watford centre-forward, who was left out of the Hornets matchday squad for the club’s 3-2 win over Aston Villa last weekend.
A further report by the same outlet has also claimed that Queens Park Rangers, Middlesbrough and Birmingham City are also keen on a move for the 30-year-old, who has been given the green light to leave Vicarage Road in the summer transfer window.
While it may seem a little redundant suggesting that Ismael should make a move to sign another centre-forward on the back of West Brom’s 4-0 romping of Sheffield United on Wednesday evening, there are nevertheless a number of reasons as to why Gray would be a fantastic addition to the 45-year-old’s options in attack.
Firstly, with Joseph Masi recently revealing that the Frenchman is on the hunt for a new striker over what remains of the summer transfer window, as the manager feels that his side are lacking depth in the number nine position, it would seem that the need for a fresh face up top is indeed valid.
Secondly, while Gray has not enjoyed the most prolific of spells in the Premier League – scoring 23 goals and providing eight assists over his 115 appearances in the competition – the Jamaica international has proven that, at Championship level, he is more than capable of finding the back of the net on a regular basis.
Indeed, over his 118 Championship appearances during spells at Brentford, Burnley and Watford, the £3.6m-rated man scored 46 goals and registered 19 assists – a total that includes five goals in the Hornets’ promotion-winning campaign last season, as well as 23 goals in Burnley’s own promotion-winning season back in 2015/16.
So, not only is the £70k-per-week forward clinical in front of goal in the second tier, he also has experience of getting over the line regarding promotion, something that could well prove invaluable for Ismael.
As such, it would appear highly advisable for the Frenchman to do all he can to secure a deal for the man Xisco Munoz dubbed a “brilliant” player before one of the other interest parties snap him up, as the 30-year-old clearly has the ability to fire the Baggies back to the top flight this season.