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26 Y/O Watford Striker Set To Be Offered To Cardiff City: Can The Hornets Afford To Lose Him?

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Abhinab Ghosh
A 26-year-old sports writer and an aspiring football coach who has road-tripped across the Scottish Highlands, but has never been to Wales. Sucker for cliff-hangers and catchy riffs. Known to be a grunger and not to be a stranger.

Cardiff City have been offered a chance to secure the services of Watford forward Andre Gray in the summer. According to recent reports, the Bluebirds could make a swoop for the Hornets striker if they can secure a promotion back to the Premier League at the end of this season. The 26-year-old has struggled to score goals regularly during the course of this season following his arrival from Burnley last summer.

The Hornets had to pay a club record fee of  £18.5m to bring Gray to Vicarage Road last summer. However, he has failed to establish himself at Hertfordshire this season and could now be on his way out of the club. It is believed that Cardiff City would need to negotiate a cut-price deal for the 26-year-old’s services when the transfer opens in the summer if a deal was to take place.

The Sports Editor of the Burnley Express, Chris Boden posted a tweet claiming that the Hornets are likely to part ways with Andre Gray this summer with the Cardiff City Stadium a possible destination for the former Burnley forward.

Gray has featured in 28 matches for Watford this season, scoring four goals and providing 3 assists in all competitions. Only time will tell whether Cardiff City opts to make a move for his signature in the near future.

Watford are currently sitting in 11th place in the Premier League standings with a tally of 36 points in 31 league matches. They are eight points above the drop zone with just 7 games remaining in this campaign. The Hornets are hoping for a change in fortunes under their new boss Javi Gracia with a home game against Bournemouth looming on the horizon. It looks like they won’t be dragged into a relegation dogfight going into the final stretch of the season. 

However, the Hertfordshire outfit are in dire need of reinforcements in the summer if they are to ensure their Premier League lives for another season. The departure of Gray could leave Javi Gracia’s squad slightly depleted ahead of the new campaign but if they can bring in a suitable replacement with the money generated from his potential sale, then a move in the summer could turn out to be beneficial for all parties.

At 26, the English forward has his peak years ahead of him which the Bluebirds could look to utilise in the coming years. It remains to be seen what lies ahead in the future of Gray and whether he ends up making a switch to the Cardiff City Stadium in the summer.

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