By Harry Sykes
Demarai Gray is in line for a new £50,000-a-week contract at Leicester after the club refused to sell him to Premier League rivals at the end of the transfer window, according to a report.
The Mirror claim Tottenham and Bournemouth both had bids rejected for the England Under-21 international last month.
Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed on his personal website that Tottenham tabled a stunning £25million offer for the forward shortly before the transfer deadline but Leicester slapped a £30million valuation on the 21-year-old.
Frustrated Gray was interested in a switch to get more first-team action after just nine starts last season and a similar fringe status in the new campaign.
But now the Mirror report that the 21-year-old, who has come off the bench in all four of City’s top-flight games in 2017-18, is set to agree a new deal worth double his current £25,000-a-week salary package.
Gray told the Mirror: “We’re in talks. I’ll let my representatives deal with that and I’ll just concentrate on playing football.
“I had a run around for 45 minutes against Chelsea, which is good for me, and hopefully I can turn it into starts. I want to work hard and get myself into the team.”
Gray came on at half-time for Marc Albrighton at the weekend, and could potentially start Saturday’s trip to promoted Huddersfield.
Gray made 43 appearances across all competitions last term for Leicester, scoring three goals and supplying six assists in the process, although most of his game time came off the bench.
Football Insider Verdict
Spurs are lacking a turbo-charged attacker with pace to burn. Could Gray be that player in the futurre? An England international in the making, he was the outstanding player for the Under-21s this summer, but has found game time at Leicester harder to come by than he had hoped. Under the shrewd guidance of Mauricio Pochettino and playing alongside the likes of Harry Kane and Dele Alli, he could fast-track his development and provide Tottenham with a much-needed speed machine. Gray might be in line for a new deal and a pay rise but that is unlikely to halt Spurs’ interest, especially if he continues to be used as a last resort.
In other Tottenham news, the club have been hit by a devastating blow as a key first-teamer has been sidelined until the new year.