By Dominic Toner
Everton are considering a January swoop for Troy Deeney, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the Toffees will try to sign the Watford captain in the January transfer window and that the club’s new director of football Steve Walsh is behind the move.
The report details that Leicester had a £25million bid rejected for Deeney in the summer but he is now hopeful of bringing the striker to Goodison Park.
Deeney, 28, signed a new five-year contract with Watford in the wake of interest from Leicester but that will not deter the Merseyside club from chasing the Englishman.
Walsh joined the Everton staff from Premier League champions Leicester and is credited with discovering uncut diamonds such as Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante, and believes Deeeny can be a good fit at his new club Everton.
The forward helped his current club complete a remarkable 4-2 victory away at West Ham on Saturday and scored his first goal of the new season.
Deeney enjoyed a successful Premier League last season in his first taste of the top-flight, scoring 13 Premier League goals as he formed an impressive partnership with team-mate Odion Ighalo.
He has now made 267 appearances for Watford since he joined in 2010 and scored an impressive 96 goals for the London club.
Ronald Koeman managed to keep hold of the club’s number one striker this summer with Romelu Lukaku resisting a move away, with Arouna Kone and Gerard Deulofeu other alternatives.
Everton are hopeful of a more successful Premier League campaign this year, after finishing 11th last season, and the capture of Deeeny could provide them with some more firepower.
In other Everton transfer news, Koeman has lamented his side’s failure to secure Moussa Sissoko’s signature this summer.