By Matt Farr
West Ham have been handed a significant boost in their pursuit of Burnley goalscorer Andre Gray, according to a report.
The Mirror report that negotiations between Burnley and Gray, 25, have hit a snag, with his current deal set to expire at the end of the next season.
It was claimed that West Ham made a £15million approach to sign Gray during the January transfer window, after failing in their pursuit to land the Aston Villa-bound Scott Hogan.
But the Hammers could be set to renew their interest in the former non-league striker in the summer, with the player keen to consider his options before deciding on his long-term future at Turf Moor.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic remains desperate to add to his goalscoring options at the end of the season, with the club having suffered from a lack of firepower this season.
Michail Antonio remains the club’s top goalscorer in the Premier League with eight goals, but the winger has yet to find the back of the net since his last strike against Swansea on Boxing Day.
Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho, meanwhile, are both prone to injury, and have been out for large parts of the season.
Much-maligned summer loan addition Jonathan Calleri has also been ineffective, but has shown signs of improvement since the new year.
With eight league goals to his name from 21 appearances for Burnley this season, Gray has shown that he can score goals in the top-flight, which will be a great boost for West Ham.
He netted an impressive brace for Burnley during their defeat to Swansea on Saturday.
Football Insider verdict
Gray could be a decent addition for West Ham as a proven Premier League goalscorer, and their pursuit will be aided by both the stalled contract negotiations and Burnley’s potential relegation to the Championship. The signs currently suggest Gray will quit the club in the summer, and a chance to remain in the Premier League will be at the top of the agenda. However, West Ham might consider turning their attention to a player with a more prolific goalscoring pedigree in the top-flight. Gray still does not have that much top-flight experience, and if West Ham want to fulfil their European ambition, they may need someone with the capabilities of scoring 15-20 goals in a season.
In other West Ham transfer news, Michail Antonio has revealed he could have joined this English club for just £7.