By Danny Wright
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to make Burnley’s Andre Gray a part of his side for next season, according to a report.
The Express reports that Spurs have identified the Premier League striker as their number one target for the summer in a bid to take some of the goalscoring pressure off Harry Kane.
The 25-year-old has been linked with a call-up to the England national side after an impressive debut season in the English top flight.
Gray scored twice against Swansea in a 3-2 loss on Saturday to put his overall goal tally up to nine for the season in all competitions.
The Burnley goal machine has risen through the ranks of non-league to reach this stage of his career and made a name for himself at Hinckley United before moving to Luton Town where he scored 55 goals in 106 appearances.
In 2014, Gray captured the attention of Brentford and signed for the club for an undisclosed fee.
He scored 20 goals in 52 appearances for the London club before Burnley signed him in 2015.
Gray has been vital to Sean Dyche’s side this season and has helped the stay away from the relegation zone.
He scored his first Premier League goal against Liverpool in a 2-0 victory earlier in the season and also got an assist for the other goal.
On New Year’s Eve, Gray scored his first top-flight hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Sunderland.
Football Insider Verdict
Gray is an exciting player for Burnley but it is doubtful that he is near the quality to play for Tottenham. No one that Spurs will sign will replace Harry Kane in the starting line-up so Gray would have to expect a lot of time on the bench at Wembley Stadium next season. Vincent Janssen still hasn’t settled into life at the London club so any deal for Gray would likely mean that Pochettino is willing to sell the Dutchman after a dismal first season for the club. However, the former Luton striker is a good English player and if he wants to be at a club that treats English players well, then Tottenham is the right call for him.