Danny Mills claimed that Troy Deeney would be a “smart signing” for the majority of Premier League sides after West Brom opened talks with the Watford striker.

The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 32-year-old’s ability and leadership qualities would be an asset to Slaven Bilic’s side.

Football Insider revealed on Saturday that the Baggies had opened talks with Watford over the signing of the experienced striker.

Deeney, who has just one year left on his contract at Vicarage Road, has scored 47 goals in 163 career Premier League appearances.

The Baggies have also made an approach for Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, as revealed by this site yesterday, as Bilic looks to bolster his front line ahead of the new season.

When asked by Football Insider if he believed Deeney would be a welcome addition at The Hawthorns, Mills said: “He would be a smart signing, without a doubt.

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“He know what you are going to get with Troy Deeney. You know about his leadership skills and the way that he is going to play. He would be an asset to any team, realistically, in the bottom half of the Premier League.

“There has not been a lot of activity at West Brom and I do not think Slaven Bilic will know what his expectations are until we get to 6 October and he finds out what players he has got.”

Albion technical and sporting director Luke Dowling knows Deeney from his time at Watford and is keen to bring him to the Hawthorns with negotiations underway with Hornets chief executive Scott Duxbury.

The Baggies current striker options include Hal Robson-Kanu, Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore.

In other West Brom news, it can be REVEALED that West Ham have responded to the club’s first formal offer for Grady Diangana.