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West Ham leading the race to sign £15m Premier League striker

West Ham are leading the race to sign Burnley striker Andre Gray.

The London Evening Standard claim that the East London club are the front runners in the £15m race for the 26-year-old’s signature after he turned down the offer of a new deal at Turf Moor.

The Clarets are unwilling to meet the wage demands of the former Brentford striker, and have already began looking at replacements. They are believed to have agreed a £3m deal to sign Jonathan Walters from Stoke, while having an £8m bid rejected for Britt Asombalonga from Nottingham Forest.

Everton and Newcastle United are also interested in signing Gray, but it is Slaven Bilic’s West Ham who are thought to be leading the chase.

It is thought that Bilic wants a pacey striker to lead his attack, especially with the much bigger pitch at the London Stadium compared to that of Upton Park.

The Hammers have also been linked to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud, Man City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, and Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, however a move for Gray could prove to be a cheaper and more attainable option.

Gray scored nine goals in 26 appearances for the Clarets last season.

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