Nottingham Forest have enquired about the availability of Watford striker Andre Gray, according to the Evening Standard.

Leeds United are also thought to have been interested in signing the clinical finisher.

The 28-year-old has fallen out of favour somewhat this season, starting just seven of the club’s 18 Premier League fixtures.

He has netted twice for the Hornets but hasn’t found himself as a regular starter since Nigel Pearson’s arrival.

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Gray arrived at Vicarage Road from Burnley for £18.5 million, a fee which was a club record at the time (BBC).

In two-and-a-half years with Watford, he has scored 16 goals in the top flight and his goals came when given a regular run in the side.

Gray boasts a devastating record at Championship level. In 88 second-tier outings, he smashed 41 goals and registered 18 assists.

The 28-year-old is on a sizeable wage at the Premier League club. According to Spotrac, he is paid £70,000-a-week at Vicarage Road and that would be problematic for Forest.

A striker is needed at the City Ground. Lewis Grabban is the only senior striker at the club, with competition required.

The beauty of signing Gray would be his proven Championship quality and also his ability to play in more than one system.

The prolific talisman can lead the line on his own or operate as a two and that would suit Forest down to the ground.

Nottingham Forest News View – Gray could be the man to fire Forest to promotion

Gray is exactly the sort of high-profile name that Forest supporters want to see their club linked to.

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The striker is a man with bags of Championship experience and he’d be a real coup for the Reds.

Alongside Grabban he could form a formidable partnership that could take Forest all the way to the Premier League.

If they can pip Leeds to the post as far as Gray is concerned it would be a massive bonus to stop a promotion rival landing a player with serious goalscoring ability.

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