Gray and Vokes are right up each other's street!

Andre Gray
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Andre Gray and Sam Vokes appear to be the ideal strike partnership.

Indeed, you could say they are right up each other's street.

Gray has seemed instantly at home at Burnley since his club record £6m move from Brentford.

And home, it turns out, is next door to Wales international Vokes!

The 24-year-old admits settling in the north west has been made easy on and off the pitch by his new mate, who he also shares car journeys with, to training and games.

Two seasons ago, Vokes shared 47 goals with Danny Ings to help the Clarets win promotion to the Premier League, as the "Vings" pairing was born.

"Grokes" isn't quite as snappy, but Gray hopes to achieve the same goal: “I watched him in the year the Burnley went up - you saw what him and Danny Ings did.

"He comes into the hole and defenders don’t know what to do with him because they’re not expecting him to do that, they’re expecting him to be up against them trying to win headers.

"He’s got that and I think he surprises a few defenders with it as well, and he helps me.

“Us being neighbours now, living next door to each other and travelling in together, helps too.

"We understand each other, I always knows where he’s going to be and he knows where I’m going to be. If you watch the games we’re there or thereabouts. We’re never too far apart.

“I think we’re causing problems for defenders and I think if we keep doing that there are going to be goals, whether they’re from me or him.

“It’s coming together nicely.”

Gray has 10 goals so far this term, including eight for Burnley, making him the Championship's top scorer.

But he isn't interested in that title in November, he wants it, and promotion in May: "It’s good but that needs to be the same at the end of the season, not now, because we could be saying that after two games.

“It needs to be that at the end of the season to have that pride."

Gray has seven goals in six games, and returns to his hometown Wolverhampton tomorrow looking for more.

His family and friends will be at Molineux, five minutes away from where he grew up, but Wolves were not his team - a former Claret was his idol growing up: “Most of my friends support Arsenal and at the time when I really followed football it was the Invincibles days and Ian Wright, so I just supported Arsenal from when I was young,” he said.

“When you start playing professionally you don’t really support anyone to that extent. I’m not a die-hard.

“I do support them but you think about your own team more than anything else.

“I don’t really class it as playing for them (Wolves) to be honest. I think a lot of kids have played for professional clubs at a young age so I don’t really count that too much. But it’s where I’m from, where I’m born and where I’m raised.

“My mum lives about five minutes away from the ground. She’ll be there tomorrow with my little brother.”