We would expect things in the transfer market to start picking up soon with Newcastle trying to agree deals that will become final when the transfer market officially opens on July 1st.
The Chronicle are reporting the club are close to bidding for 25 year-old Burnley striker Andre Gray, as Rafa Benitez is attempting to strengthen most positions in the side this summer and could bring in as many as eight new first team players.
Andre Gray – 25 Year-old Burnley striker
Newcastle are said to be targeting free agents and players who have only one year left on their contracts with the hope that in the latter case, the club can get a good deal with the player only one year away from becoming a free agent.
There is also a report out that Andre has rejected a one year extension in his contract, as he looks to leave the Turf Moor club this summer.
Burnley are said to want a minimum of £15M for their player in today’s (very) inflated transfer market and Newcastle would presumably be willing to pay that for him, but not much more.
Gray had a decent Premier League campaign and he scored 9 goals in 32 games in the league this season, which is not too bad in a team that struggled in the league and finished in 16th place on 40 points, but still 6 points above the drop zone.
When Burnley won the Championship last season with 93 points, Gray scored 23 goals in 41 appearances in the league – which was a great return.
Andre Gray is a good player and he would be a hit with the Newcastle fans, because of his ability and he can be a very exciting player to watch.
And other clubs are always interested in doing business with Newcastle, because we pay our transfer fees in cool cash up front, while most clubs pay them in installments, usually over three years.
The Mirror recently reported that Burnley were very willing to do business with Newcastle for Gray, because of that policy.
The next step seems to be for Newcastle to launch their initial bid and maybe we will see that in the coming week?
What do you think?