Watford have completed the signing of Burnley’s Andre Gray for a club-record £18.5m.
Gray’s move to Vicarage Road is now in the record books. Not only is he Watford’s most expensive ever signing, but he is also the most expensive player in history to come from the Black Country according to The Express and Star.
Gray’s talent has been there for us all to see. Since arriving from the depths of non-league football, Gray has netted 50 goals in 120 games for Brentford and Burnley.
Watford reportedly pipped West Ham and Tottenham to his signing. The club is clearly over the moon to finally have their man. A club statement read: “Watford FC is delighted to announce the signing of striker Andre Gray for a club record transfer fee.”
Gray is Watford’s seventh signing of the season and will have to hit the ground running. The Hornets talisman and and skipper, Troy Deeney, is likely to be missing for their season opener against Liverpool as he recovers from groin surgery.
This transfer leaves Burnley with a substantial amount of money which they will now need to invest to replace goal-machine Gray and hope to avoid the drop.
Burnley are not the only club to financially benefit from this transfer. Brentford have a 20 per cent sell-on fee from the transfer of two years ago. They are set to receive £1.9m of the £18.5m fee to help them push for a play-off spot in the Championship.
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Gray was in the final year of his contract at Turf Moor, having joined Burnley from Brentford for £9million during the summer of 2015.
He was offered a new deal but decided to move on.