Date: 8th March 2017 at 1:46pm
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Andre Gray has made an impact in his debut Premier League season with Burnley, which has brought links to Tottenham recently. He’s now reportedly attracting interest from Southampton.

No sources have been quoted but Clubcall has claimed Southampton have ‘joined the queue of clubs’ that are interested in the striker.

We’ll also ‘face a fight to keep’ Gray at Turf Moor owing to the fact he’s only got 15 months left on his contract. A decision might have to be made in the summer if a new deal isn’t signed – there shouldn’t be a shortage of interest though.

Three years on from playing in non-league with Luton we’re now seeing some calls for Gray to be given an England chance with Burnley boss Sean Dyche backing him to continue to improve.

Dyche told the Lancashire Telegraph.

‘I think although he`s still quite green in the bigger picture of football – because he didn`t have what you would call a normal academy-first team background, he had to go a long way backwards before he went forwards – he`s got quite a solid way about him, and quite a focussed way. He`s has faced challenges to acquire his professional manner.’

Adding.

‘If you`re Steven Gerrard, you`ve gone through the system as the top kid and come out the other end as a top player. He`s not like that. So there`s an animal instinct in there to continue his journey constantly, and there`s challenges along the way to make it all make sense. And some of those challenges are out of his world really, like the thing that happened early season. It`s completely out of his thinking. He made it clear he`d changed, and he still got burnt. So it was a big thing for him to deal with.’

Dyche went on to say that he’ll continue to support Gray – and others at Turf Moor – in a bid to help them continue their growth in order to go as far as possible.

‘That`s why I talk about guiding players. They have got to take ownership. It`s not me going on and saying you`ve got to do this, you`ve got to do that. The world is changing. It`s trying to give them knowledge of the tools to try to go as far as they can. I`m trying to open up these channels of thought to encourage them to go further and further.’

He finished.

‘It`s all about guidance for me. This is what I think is good for you – what do you think? How can we fit your strengths into the team pattern. How can we make it work?’

Gray should be involved against Liverpool on Sunday with Joey Barton also set to be available as his Football Association hearing – relating to the 1,260 bets he made over a 10 year period – has been postponed.

He was due to appear on Wednesday but this hearing to determine the length of suspension 34 year old Barton will serve will now take place at another time.

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