Middlesbrough remain keen on striking transfer agreement for Watford player

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Middlesbrough are still interested in a summer move for Watford striker Andre Gray, as reported by The Athletic.

The vastly experienced front man emerged as a target in the north east of the country back in early July, and are continuing to consider putting forward an offer.

Gray is currently training with Watford’s U23s as he continues to get back up to speed after his summer break – which was extended as a result of his inclusion in Jamaica’s Gold Cup squad.

Gray is entering the final 12 months of his contract with The Hornets, The Athletic’s report suggests that any move is likely to be a loan, in which Watford will be pushing for the teams in pursuit to cover a significant percentage of his wages.

The former Burnley man netted just five times in 30 appearances last season, although, the majority of games he played came from the bench.

The verdict 

Gray still has plenty to offer. He has blistering pace and the attacking intelligence to time his runs and break opposing lines in the process.

He has proved in the past to be a clinical finisher, but over the last couple of seasons, he has not been able to provide this sort of service as consistently.

Gray needs to settle down at a club where he is offered regular game time. Middlesbrough would be a good club for him to go to, as he tends to work well with a physical striker who can provide for him – something that Uche Ikpeazu would certainly bring.

However, Gray is expecting a child in the next few months, meaning a move to the north of the country might not be suitable at this time.

Quiz: Can you remember the score from Middlesbrough’s last 15 opening day matches?

1 of 15

What was the score when Middlesbrough faced Reading on the opening day of the 2006/07 season?

3-2 W

3-2 L

2-1 W

2-1 L

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