Watford confirms signing Burnley striker

Watford have signed striker Andre Gray from Burnley for an undisclosed club record fee - thought to be around the region of £18.5m.

The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Hornets, who previously had two offers rejected.

Gray was in the final 12 months of his contract with Burnley and had turned down a new deal at Turf Moor. He scored nine goals last season, despite serving a four-game ban in the 1st half of the season for homophobic tweets he sent in 2012.

He joined Burnley from Brentford for £9m in 2015 and was a key part of Sean Dyche's 2016 Championship-winning team.

Watford's previous record transfer was midfielder Roberto Pereyra, who joined from Italian champions Juventus on an undisclosed fee last August.

Andre Gray would seem to be an ideal fit for Watford. The Hornets have relied too much on Troy Deeney in the past 18 months and in Gray they get a man with Premier League goalscoring experience. He is a good age and his pace is something the current Watford squad lacks.