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14th Nov, 2016 | 5:27pm

Report: West Ham make approach for £50,000-a-week striker, January deal discussed

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham have made an approach for Watford striker Troy Deeney, according to a report.

The Mirror have claimed that the Hammers have made enquiries for the 28-year-old forward as they look into Deeney’s availability in January.

The striker signed a new five-year deal in the summer putting him on £50,000-a-week and with January prices being higher than the summer window’s, the Hammers may find that he’s out of their budget range.

Additionally, the Hornets managed to fend off interest from Premier League champions Leicester in the summer, who had bid as high as £25million for the Englishman.

However, the report states that manager Slaven Bilic is prepared to splash the cash to solve his problems up front.

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Current striker Andy Carroll has missed large parts of the campaign through injury already after missing parts of last season, while Diafra Sakho is yet to feature for the Croatian boss this term after a summer move to West Brom broke down due to injury.

Summer additions Simone Zaza and Jonathan Calleri have also failed to make an impact, while club-record signing Andre Ayew has featured upfront, but it’s not his natural position.

It looks likely that Bilic is targeting someone who is proven in England’s top flight and Deeney has bagged 18 goals in 55 appearances since Watford’s promotion in 2015.

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