Luton Town have pocketed a huge financial windfall after former striker Andre Gray completed his big money move to Burnley this evening.
The 24-year-old, who has been the subject of intense transfer speculation recently, with both Hull City and Bristol City submitting bids for his services, has chosen to join the Clarets, who were relegated from the Premier League last season.
The fee, a club record one for Burnley, is reported to be around £9m, with over £1.5m of that heading into Town’s coffers after they inserted a sell-on clause, believed to be around 20%.
Manager Sean Dyche told the Clarets official website: “Andre is a player who we have been aware of since his Hinckley Town days in non-league.
“My coach Tony Loughlan flagged him up there and we have watched his development. I am pleased to say that has gone very well so far.
“He has worked very, very hard to get to the level he’s at. He has risen up the ladder and, in many ways, had a similar pathway to two former strikers here, Danny Ings and Charlie Austin.
“The price tag doesn’t bother me. One thing I know is that I’ll work hard for this club and give it all I’ve got.”Andre Gray
“In that respect there is a rawness, a hunger and a great desire from him to continue his education and go even further, and we intend that to be with us in the immediacy and also in the future.”
Gray, who netted 57 goals in 111 games for Luton, was signed by Brentford for around £600k last summer and went on to score 20 times for the Bees last term.
On his move, the striker said: “The gaffer was a massive influence. If you look at it, Danny Ings has gone on and Charlie Austin has been involved with England.
“Then there’s Jay Rodriguez, so the list goes on really and that’s something I want to be a part of.
“Obviously he was at Watford as well with Troy Deeney and you’ve seen his rise. He’s got this club promoted to the Premier League too, so his record speaks for itself and it was a no-brainer really.
“The price tag doesn’t bother me. One thing I know is that I’ll work hard for this club and give it all I’ve got.
“Hopefully the goals go along with that.”