Andre Gray 'must be ready' for Brentford after transfer speculation

Andre Gray
Andre Gray scored 18 goals in 50 appearances for the Bees last season

Brentford head coach Marinus Dijkhuizen expects Andre Gray to be ready to play on Saturday, despite transfer speculation surrounding the striker.

The 23-year-old was only named on the bench for the opening-day draw with Ipswich and missed the League Cup tie against Oxford in midweek entirely.

"He must be ready now. Last week it was difficult for him," the Dutchman told BBC London 94.9.

"Now he is more used to it. He has to be a professional and he has to play."

Dijkhuizen continued: "Maybe he stays or maybe he goes. We can't wait until the last day of August."

Gray, who scored 18 goals in 50 appearances for the Bees last season, was omitted from the starting XI against for Saturday's Championship match against the Tractor Boys following interest from Hull last week.

Tigers boss Steve Bruce said this week that any possible deal had "hit a bit of a stalemate", while Dijkhuizen told a news conference on Thursday that there was "no news" on the former Luton player.

"Sometimes it is hard to hold on to a player but he is still here because we are happy with him," Dijkhuizen added.

"There are a lot of clubs linked with him but I am not involved with that.

"He is a good player for us and I think he can get even better this season. Maybe if he stays he can move to a bigger club in a year. I hope he will stay."

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