Leeds United and Nottingham Forest would have to push the boat out by paying a multi-million pound loan fee and all of Andre Gray’s wage to sign him on loan from Watford this month, Football Insider can reveal.
The two Championship big hitters are keen to land a proven striker before the window shuts and have turned their attention to the 28-year-old.
A Watford source has spelled out to Football Insider cost of prising Gray away for the rest of the season.
Interested clubs have been told they would have to pay a £2million loan fee as well as the entirety of the forward’s £80,000-a-week wages.
Those kind of figures are likely to be beyond Leeds and Forest, who have both expressed an interest in Gray.
Nigel Pearson’s public stance is that Gray is not available for transfer or loan, and that he wants to keep the front man.
Privately, Watford are more open to letting him go, although a deal will only be done on the terms of the Premier League club.
Leeds and Forest are exploring a number of possible options as they look to get a new forward in by the transfer cut-off.
Both promotion chasers are also keen on Southampton front man Che Adams although his manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has insisted he won’t be letting him go.
Gray has been on the fringes of the Watford team this season, starting just seven of their 22 league matches.
He has scored only two goals and has not started in the league since November.
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