Sheffield United are among a host of Premier League clubs interested in Leicester City’s Demarai Gray, according to the Mirror (5/1/21, page 47).
Leeds United, Southampton and West Bromwich Albion are also said to be keen on Gray, who is out of contract this summer.
The 24-year-old has only played twice in all competitions this season. He’s seemingly fallen down the pecking order under Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers.
Gray has featured once in the league, coming off the bench during the recent 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace. And also played the full 90 minutes in a Carabao Cup defeat to Arsenal.
Aside from that, Gray has largely been limited to game time with the Under-23s.
It therefore seems as if his time at the King Power Stadium is coming to an end. Gray could be available at a lower price during the current January transfer window, or as an attractive free transfer in the summer.
Why Sheffield United might struggle to sign Demarai Gray
Unfortunately for the Blades, there are several things that are likely to hold back any pursuit of the attacker.
Firstly, Leeds are said to lead the race. Marcelo Bielsa’s side have won many admirers in 2020/21 since promotion to the top flight with their high energy, attacking football.
They therefore may seem like an appealing prospect for Gray.
The other issue for the South Yorkshire team is their current league position. The Blades are bottom after 17 games with no wins and just two points.
Gray is unlikely to be drawn by the prospect of joining a club who look set to be playing in the Championship next term.
Finally, the forward’s wages may also be prohibitive. According to Spotrac, Gray currently earns around £55,000-a-week at Leicester.
The top earners at Bramall Lane are on around £30,000-a-week. They would therefore need to increase their wage budget significantly to sign Gray.