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Newcastle United Amongst Possible Destinations For This Lethal English Striker

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Subhayan Dutta
Subhayan used to be the Featured Columnist at The 4th Official. Completely immersed in football and almost all other sports on planet.

According to reports, Burnley forward Andre Gary has made a shocking wage demand of £100, 000 a week for his new contract at Turf Moor and the Clarets are clearly not accepting any of it. The English striker has had a promising season with the Premier League side the last term where he scored 23 goals in 41 games playing for them.

Going into the new season, manager Sean Dyche would clearly want to retain his services but his astronomical demand would mean Burnley have to compromise on their other transfer targets, which they aren’t willing to do.

The 25-year-old has come up from non-league side Hinckley United and League Two side Luton Town before Championship side Brentford picked him up in 2014. Burnley bought him in 2015 and he was one of the biggest revelations in the top-flight last season. He surely has a lot of potential to deliver and with just one year left on his contract, Burnley would want to cash in on him if they cannot afford his wage demands.

And given the recent developments, an exit is more likely to be on the cards. Numerous Premier League sides are willing to land him this summer and finding a suitor won’t be a huge problem for the player. Here are three clubs who can land him-

Everton- The Toffees have been previously linked with him and now with the path wide open should go make an approach. However, the £100, 000 a week wage demand would be too much even for the Merseyside club and given Gray is only a one season wonder till now, they could back out now. But, the potential departure of Romelu Lukaku from Goodison Park has forced them to find a potential replacement almost instantly, and although they have been linked with the likes of Keita Balde of Lazio and Sandro Ramirez of Malaga, their arrival is highly unsure.

Newcastle United- The Magpies are in the transfer market for an overall strengthening, but apart from making Christian Atsu’s services permanent from new Premier League champions Chelsea, they have largely been unsuccessful in striking a deal. Gray would be a brilliant addition to their comeback season and given his attacking prowess, could be the season changing signing for them.

Tottenham Hotspur- At the moment, the Lilywhites seem the perfect club for the 26-year-old. They do need a proven striker to replace the failed Vincent Janssen and Gray could be an excellent backup for Harry Kane. Gray can also play as a left winger, which is likely to increase his first team chances under Mauricio Pochettino. And as per the wage demand, Tottenham have the financial prowess to give him the amount if he proves a success.

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