'Leeds must make it happen' – Exclusive: Pundit makes plea as Watford detail terms of Gray deal
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Paul Robinson has said that the £2m loan fee that Watford are demanding for striker Andre Gray is a “hefty fee” but that if you want that sort of quality you have to pay for it.
With Leeds on the lookout for a new striker, Football Insider have reported that Leeds could sign Gray for a loan fee of £2m and the entirety of his wages for the rest of the season, said to be £80k-a-week.
Leeds are still holding out for a deal for Southampton’s Che Adams, with Gray another name on their striker shortlist.
However, there are doubts as to whether they have the money to finance an expensive loan deal for Gray.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News, Robinson said, “I played with Andre at Burnley and in the Championship he scored goals.
“Things might not have gone the way he would have wanted them to at Watford initially, but he is a top-class striker who scores goals.
“He makes clever runs, he’s quick, he’s a nuisance for defenders and if Leeds want someone of that quality, they’re going to have to pay the money.
“If they haven’t got the money that’s a different story, they didn’t spend in the summer and £2m fee is a hefty fee for four months of the season.
“If the money isn’t there, you can’t spend it and that makes recruitment very, very hard. If there’s a pot of money to spend recruitment is so much easier.
“It looks like Leeds are on a tight budget and that makes things so much more difficult, but this is their best shot at promotion ever.
“As far as signing a striker goes, Leeds must make it happen quickly and Gray would be a game-changer and a perfect signing.
“Spend it, borrow the money and pay whoever back when you’re in the Premier League.”
If anyone knows Gray it’s Robinson, after playing with the striker at Burnley.
Gray is a name that’s gone down well with the fans and he would provide an instant boost for a side that’s flagging after failing to win in seven games.
Gray would also be instant competition for Patrick Bamford’s starting spot in the side.
Will Watford blink and reduce their demands later in the window?
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