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Not Demarai Gray – Tottenham Face Stiff Battle From Newcastle To Sign This 10 Goal English Attacker

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Tottenham are set to face strong competition from Newcastle for the signature of Burnley striker Andre Gray, who has caught the attention of several clubs following a fine campaign in the Premier League. In his first season in English top-flight football, the striker has managed to score ten goals in 36 appearances. While these figures may be far away from Harry Kane’s tally of 29 goals, Spurs reportedly (Daily Mail) see Gray as an ideal signing who can act as a backup for the England forward.

However, Newcastle United have emerged as a strong contender for the 25-year-old, according to the latest reports from chroniclelive.co.uk. A couple of key departures are expected from Burnley in the summer. Despite the club managing to stay relatively free of relegation trouble for most of the season, it appears that top players like Michael Keane and Gray are on their way out. Gray’s contract runs out in June 2018, and Burnley would rather sell him in the summer rather than risk letting him leave on a free next summer.

Newcastle recently secured promotion back to the top-flight after just one season in the Championship. The north-east outfit managed to retain Rafa Benitez as their manager. It is a major boost to the club, as Benitez enjoys a high profile. His presence will enable the club to attract top players. The club are very keen on strengthening the forward lineup upon their return to the Premier League. Gray’s signing would be a perfect recipe for Newcastle, as the club can safeguard themselves with a potential relegation not ruled out. Gray’s wages would be far less than a comparatively high-profile signing.

Our Verdict

Spurs are after Gray for different reasons. After having secured a top four spot for a second consecutive season, Spurs are aware that the team needs strengthening in order to fight on four fronts. Lack of strength in depth saw the club drop out of the Champions League in the group stages. Aside from the domestic success, manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen on doing well in the European competition too. After having rejected a new contract at Burnley, Gray can weigh up his offers in the summer.

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