Wolves Preparing to Continue Summer Spending Spree With £20m Swoop for Burnley Striker

Sunday July 30th, 2017

Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers are showing no signs of halting their unprecedented summer spending spree, having now turned their attentions to Burnley striker Andre Gray. 

Wolves are believed to be preparing a £20m bid for the Englishman, which would take their transfer window spending to over £40m, a staggering sum for a Championship team.

As reported by the Mirror, Wolves' owners, Chinese group Fosun, are determined to see their club earn promotion this season, seemingly by any financial means necessary. Gray began his career with Wolves as a youth player, before impressing for a series of lower league sides. The striker has scored an impressive 32 goals in 73 league matches since joining Burnley in 2015.

Super-agent Jorge Mendes has overseen an influx of Portuguese talent joining the West Midlands side this summer, including the likes of prodigious youngster Rúben Neves from FC Porto for £15m, and former loanee Helder Costa for £13m. Robust centre-back Roderick Miranda has also joined the club, moving from Liga NOS side Rio Ave FC for £2.5m.

While Gray has just 12 months left on his current contract with Burnley, the club are determined not to see the talented forward leave for a bargain price. A number of top sides have expressed an interest in the former Brentford man, including the likes of West Ham, Everton and Newcastle United.

Gray emerged as a real talent during his time with Luton Town back in the Conference Premier, scoring 57 goals in 111 appearances during his three-year stint with the club. A solid spell with Brentford in the Championship saw the player snapped up by Burnley, who then scored 23 goals in 42 matches for the side during their 2015/16 campaign, seeing his side promoted.

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