By Harvey Byrne
Wolves are not chasing Burnley striker Andre Gray this summer despite reports due to being too expensive, according to a reliable journalist.
BBC journalist Pat Murphy has told his followers via his personal Twitter account that the 26-year-old is out of the club’s price range and they are instead trying to land Southampton youngster Sam Gallagher on loan.
Gray to @Wolves not a runner,I hear. Too expensive. Trying to land Sam Gallagher on loan,21-year-old striker,from Southampton.
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) July 31, 2017
Murphy’s claim follows a report from the Mirror on Sunday stating that Wolves could make a £20million swoop for Gray.
However, such a figure would smash the club’s current transfer record of £15.8million for the signing of Ruben Neves from Porto this summer and cash-rich Wolves may be reluctant to break two transfer records in one summer.
Gray himself is born in Wolverhampton and was part of the club’s academy before being released at the age of 13.
He has since risen up the leagues and into the Premier League, where he bagged nine goals in 32 top-flight matches for Burnley last season.
Football Insider verdict:
Despite prices inflating by the year Gray is certainly not a £20million player and Wolves should deter from signing him if that is what it is going to take. Just two years a go Gray cost Burnley £6million as he joined from Brentford and he has done far from enough to see that value rise by £14million. Additionally, his contract at the Lancashire outfit is set to expire next summer, meaning that his value will only drop from here, or he could even leave on a free deal next year. Therefore, if Gray does want a return to his hometown then Wolves, who could be playing in the Premier League next in 2018 may be better waiting a year before making their move.
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