By Harvey Byrne
Watford are ready to listen to offers for striker Troy Deeney who is being eyed by Everton and West Ham, according to a report.
Former senior Sky Sports reporter Graeme Bailey has wrote for the Gambling Times that he understands the Hornets are ready to let the 28-year-old leave the club after a number of fall-outs in recent months with both manager Walter Mazzarri and the club’s hierarchy.
The report details that the striker was the subject of a bid worth more than £20million from league champions Leicester and it is believed Watford will be looking for a similar amount this time around.
It is further stated that the Toffees have maintained their interest in the Englishman from last summer, while the Hammers are admirers of the striker who has 10 goals in 33 Premier League appearances this season.
However, it is also reported that Tony Pulis’ West Brom side are leading the chase for the powerful striker, who is still based in the Midlands.
Deeney still has four years left on his contract at Watford, but it looks as though his seven years at the Hertfordshire-based side may be nearing it’s end with the club captain starting from the bench twice in their last six league matches.
Football Insider verdict:
Deeney is certainly the type of player West Brom boss Pulis is a fan of, but due to a striker shortage both Everton and West Ham could be in need of the player. Now, Deeney does have an eye for goal, but he certainly brings a lot more to the table than just finding the back of the net. The Toffees and Hammers both have similar players in Romelu Lukaku and Andy Carroll, who both could be considered a level above Deeney. However, there is doubts about Lukaku’s future at Everton, while Carroll is more often than not on the treatment table. Therefore, Deeney could be the perfect purchase for either club.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are in a serious battle with Celtic for this defender.