Villa, West Ham and Watford have all been linked with making a summer move for the towering Blackburn striker, but they could be priced out of a move with the Mirror reporting on the asking price set for Gestede.
The report indicates that Rovers will settle for no less than £6 million up-front, plus add ons, for the striker’s services, despite having only enjoyed one particularly prolific season.
The Benin international, 25, netted an impressive 22 goals in 44 games last term, but has never enjoyed that same form across his career. The campaign prior to that, he scored 14 goals in 33 games, having also netted four in 29 games for FC Metz, and eight in 63 games for Cardiff City.
There is no denying that he impressed last season, but paying over £6 million for a player with just one season of solid Championship football behind him would be a bold move for any of the three interested parties.
Watford are stated in that Mirror report as showing an interest in the forward, whilst Aston Villa and West Ham are also tracking him, and have been for many recent months, according to the Daily Mail.
If paying that valuation for a striker, any buying club is going to want guaranteed goals, and Gestede does not bring that. He may not be able to make the step up to the Premier League, and all three clubs would be wise to look elsewhere for striking options ahead of the physical Blackburn man.