Date: 20th January 2020 at 7:00pm
Written by: Zak Roome

Many Leeds United fans have been reacting on social media, after Football Insider claimed the club feel we have been priced out of a move for Watford striker Andre Gray.

Director of Football Victor Orta is understood to have approached the Hornets regarding a potential half-season loan deal for the 28-year-old, as we continue in our search for Eddie Nketiah’s replacement following his recall by Arsenal.

Boss Marcelo Bielsa has made is clear that he wants a new centre-forward at Elland Road by the end of the month, given the lack of cover for Patrick Bamford in the first-team fold.

Efforts were made to acquire Southampton’s Che Adams, but Ralph Hasenhuttl’s opposition to his departure from St. Mary’s has paved the end of our pursuit and led to Gray emerging as a potential alternative.

But the fees involved in a deal to sign the former Burnley star on loan has made it unlikely that Gray will move to West Yorkshire this month, as Watford are demanding a package worth close to £4million.

The Vicarage Road outfit will only sanction Gray’s temporary departure in return for a £2m loan fee, on top of any interested side paying the forward’s full £80,000-per-week wage during his loan spell.

Would you sign Gray on loan at £4m?

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Gray has struggled to establish himself at Watford this season as the Hornets rotated between three managers, with the £10.8m-rated forward only starting seven of 23 Premier League matches.

He has played a combined 26 minutes in the top-flight under current head coach Nigel Pearson, and been left on the bench four times.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans reacted to the rumoured loan fee needed to secure Gray’s services for the remainder of the season…

In other Leeds United news, the club are claimed to be mulling over a bid to sign a towering £3million star this month.

 
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