Kevin Phillips says that signing a player like Watford striker Andre Gray could be the difference between Leeds United playing Premier League or Championship football next season.

The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that the Hornets hitman could be itching for a move after his lack of game time this season.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Whites have made an approach to the Premier League side over a loan deal this month but currently feel the terms are out of their budget.

With Gray making just seven starts in the Premier League this season, Phillips suggests that the 28-year-old will be looking for more regular game time and that Leeds could tempt him.

Phillips told Football Insider: “Andre Gray, I like him. It’s been tough for him in the Premier League, some players can find it difficult, he’s not really got the game time that he’d like so perhaps from his point of view he’s thinking: ‘I’ve just got to go and play football.’

“If it was to come off at Leeds, he’d be going to not just one of the biggest clubs in the Championship but one of the biggest clubs in Europe in terms of name and stature. The kid just needs to play football and his record in the Championship is excellent.

“I’m sure not just Leeds but one or two other sides will be sniffing around if he is available to leave the club. Bamford’s struggling at the moment so why would you not try get him or a Che Adams to come and bolster and be the difference.” 

Football Insider revealed earlier this week that Leeds’ director of football Victor Orta is working hard to bring a new centre-forward in to Elland Road this month and that the club are confident a deal will be done.

Gray has just two goals in 18 Premier League appearances this season, while he has netted 41 times in 88 Championship outings for the likes of Burnley and Brentford.

In other Leeds United news, it can be REVEALED that the club have turned their sights on signing a striker from Scotland.