By Mark Smith

16th Jan, 2020 | 7:53pm

Nigel Pearson responds when asked if he has message for Leeds in Andre Gray pursuit

Nigel Pearson has shared that Watford forward Andre Gray will be going nowhere this month amid reported interest from Leeds United.

It was reported by the Athletic journalist Phil Hay that the Hornets had already rejected a loan proposal by Leeds this month, but that they could have another crack at bringing the forward to Elland Road.

Hay also added that the Premier League side would need to pay a large sum of Gray’s £70,000-a-week wages if he was to make the move.

Speaking on Thursday afternoon though, Pearson was asked if he had a message for any of the interested sides, including Leeds.

“In terms of talking about my own players, I spoke with Andre,” he said.

“He’s very much a part of what we’re trying to do here, so, I don’t have any message for anybody else. It’s more for our own players, and that is that I’m pretty happy with what we already have.

“No messages for anybody else, I’m afraid.”

When asked if Gray was deemed as surplus to requirements at Vicarage Road, Pearson shut down those claims quickly.

“Nobody’s surplus, really, because we play with one central striker. It’s never easy to accommodate other central strikers.

“He looks good in training, at the moment, I’m very pleased with how he’s coped with the situation. When he gets his chance, it’s up to him to take it.”

The long wait to replace Eddie Nketiah and bring competition for Patrick Bamford appears to be getting longer, and Pearson’s latest comments won’t help that.

It appears that even if Leeds go in again for Gray, Pearson and Watford will firmly reject any potential offer on the table.

With any move for Che Adams also not looking positive right now, Victor Orta and his team are running out of options.

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