Noel Whelan is adamant that Troy Deeney “would jump at the chance” to move back to Birmingham after West Brom opened talks with Watford over his potential transfer.

The former Leeds United forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, is adamant that “a lot of teams” will be interested in signing the 32-year-old this summer following Watford’s relegation relegation.

Football Insider revealed on Saturday that the Baggies had opened talks with the experienced striker as Slaven Bilic looks to bolster his attacking options ahead of the new season.

Deeney has scored 47 goals in his 163 career Premier League appearances.

Whelan claimed that the Birmingham-born centre-forward would be an asset to the Baggies both on and off the field.

“Lots of teams would love a Troy Deeney in their side,” he told Football Insider.

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“He has bags of ability and knows the league. He is an absolute handful to play against – big, strong, powerful and has been a fantastic player for years. I am a big admirer of him. The way he holds the ball up, brings others into play, he is aggressive and his finishing ability is second to none.

“I think that would be a fantastic signing. He would relish the opportunity to go to West Brom. He would suit them down to them ground. He would also jump at the chance to move back to Birmingham and be part of a great club with a great manager.

“If anyone is going to get the best out of him it is Bilic. Deeney is a winner, a leader and a captain – that is the sort of player you need in your side to be successful. He would probably get more game time at West Brom than he would have got at Watford.”

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