Fletcher exit could pave way for Gray


Fletch1The possible imminent departure of Ashley Fletcher to Middlesborough for around £7m could pave the way for another striker in the Hammers ‘One out, One in’ transfer policy.

Slaven Bilic has remained an admirer of  Burnley’s Andre Gray and it could be available for a transfer fee between £10 to £15m.  The twenty-six-year-old has a year left on his contract and has turned down the offer of a new deal.

The Clarets are reportedly unwilling to meet Gray’s wage demands and will risk losing him on a free transfer next summer if his future is not sorted during the current window. The striker scored nine in 26 Premier League starts last season.

Andre_Gray_2016Gray fired in a hat-trick at Alfreton Town last Saturday in a friendly and said he was ignoring the speculation over his future to focus on his football at Turf Moor. “It’s part and parcel (of the game), you concentrate on where you are,” he said. “Nothing has happened, there’s nothing to think about, I’m concentrating on Burnley and that’s what I’ll always do.”

Gray rose from the non-league ranks to the Conference with Luton Town before he moved to Brentford before joining Burnley ahead of the 2015/16 season.

“The last five years, every window there’s something new coming out, it’s nothing new to deal with,” the striker told the Lancashire Telegraph.

I want to become a better player and concentrate on my football here.”

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  • Lazurus. rises like a salmon says:

    I know you like him bubs but 15 mill seems Ott IMO he doesn’t excite me like a dembele or a pea or a sakho etc , he feels like a punt not a challenger for topspot , then again I haven’t seen enough of him to make a comment either way 😁

  • TRB says:

    Doesn’t excite me either. Gray isn’t good enough for a team wanting to compete with the top six ……..Send him in the direction of Stoke, Watford or West Brom. I’m very happy that Sakho is reported to be fit……. to add to a strike force that includes Chicharito, Carroll, Ayew and young Martinez.

  • kevin says:

    We all know we need strikers but , hey don’t we have enough now without chucking out our young talent . Andre Gray got a massive thumbs down if memory serves !! .
    I’m all for West Ham United improving and strengthening Thier squad don’t get me wrong .
    But short term fixes are starting to surface to the top . We don’t need another Snodgrass .
    What we truly need is a Top Class Keeper to either replace or succeed Hart or Adrian . The future is just around the corner and not 12 months away .
    I admire the dedication and winning mentality of our recent signings but do we need more ?? . I am of the mind that we don’t . Just let our current squad get on with it as it stands .
    Right now the most important thing is the dressing room . Any more and there won’t be enough pegs to hang all the egos on .

  • James says:

    If we sign him and he scores a few all the reservations will be forgotten…it happened when we signed Antonio if memory serves..not good enough..champo player…why do we need him…

  • markro says:

    Snodgrass to Celtic: Dembele to us.

  • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

    Sean, is Fletcher part of the 25 man squad or does he count as a freebie because he is still a homegrown youth player ?

  • Michael Miller says:

    I don’t fancy Andre Gray at all, I saw him last season and he looked bang ordinary to me!

    Incidentally, I’ve been thinking about David Sullivan’s interview on Talksport the other morning – another thing that struck me was him saying that Benny McCarthy was the worst signing he’d ever made when he turned way over weight – this beggars the question a bit, you’d have to question why they signed, how he got through the Medical etc etc

  • Gaz says:

    Fletcher was an U21 last season wasnt he no32 and as his birthday isnt until October he will still be 21 when the season starts so im thinking he can still be counted as an U21.Meaning he isn’t part of the 25 squad which is entered to the Premier League.
    It could all be immaterial though couldn’t it Lol

  • John says:

    My mate is a Claret nut, ST holder and born and bred, and he says Gray is rubbish and not popular with the fans oppcos he is lazy. God help if he joins us, he will be minging after 3 mins.

    • West Ham Fan No 32 says:

      Yeah I have never been a fan of him personally, not a particularly nice character off the field either by all accounts. Personally I would rather see Dembele or anyone other than Gray but if that is what Slav wants will wait and see how it transpires.

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