Everton amongst Premier League trio keen on Burnley striker Andre Gray

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A host of Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on newly-signed Burnley striker Andre Gray, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Gray, 24, joined the Clarets in the summer from fellow Championship side Brentford for £9 million, the pacey forward becomg the club's record signing and taking his debut season by storm.

Premier League sides Everton, West Ham and strugglers Aston Villa are all rumoured to be keen on acquiring the Englishman, who has nine goals to his name this season.

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The forward is top scorer in the Championship and has continued to impress with every appearance. Gray is a striker with an increasingly familiar background, having played for non-League side Hinckley Town only three years ago.

The Wolverhampton-born attacker earned a move to then Conference Premier side Luton Town after three fruitful campaigns in the Conference North in 2012. He guided Luton to Football League promotion in 2014 after scoring 30 league goals in 44 appearances.

Gray's goalscoring exploits encouraged newly promoted Championship club Brentford to sign him last season, with the forward scoring 18 goals in his debut season. Gray is a finisher of a high calibre, scoring double figures in his last four seasons with three different clubs.

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Gray is one of a growing trend in English football, whereby non-League forwards attract big clubs and further prove there's untapped talent within the lower tiers of English football.

Jamie Vardy was at Fleetwood Town three years ago and is now scoring goals freely in the Premier League this season, most recently surpassing Ruud van Nistelrooy's record of scoring in ten consecutive games.

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Crystal Palace's Dwight Gayle similarly made a name for himself at Peterborough United after arriving from a non-League club, with Gray the latest talent that could once again prove those in lower league football can make the cut in the Premier League.

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