Troy Deeney is set to leave Watford this summer and West Bromwich Albion are leading the chase for his signature.
The 28-year-old, who is club captain at Vicarage Road, has been with The Hornets since 2010 and has become a club legend with 100 goals to his name.
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However, Deeney has had a number of fall-outs in recent months and not just with manager Walter Mazzarri but also the club’s hierarchy.
I understand that Watford have now made it known they are willing to listen to offers for Deeney – who only signed a new five-year contract last summer having been the subjects of bids from other clubs, most notably champions Leicester, who offered more than £20million for him, and Everton.
Now Watford are ready to let him go for a similar amount, and a number of clubs have confirmed they have an interest.
I have been told by sources that West Brom boss Tony Pulis is a huge fan of Deeney and believes he would fit in very well to his squad at The Hawthorns, and Deeney is understood to be keen – given that he is still based in his native Midlands.
Leicester and Everton still have an interest, whilst West Ham and Stoke are also admirers. I also understand that Deeney’s representatives have been approached by intermediaries from China confirming interest from some Super League clubs.
We spoke to BetVictor’s Head of ante post Football Michael Triffitt about the market around Deeney.
“Troy Deeney has been heavily linked with a number of clubs during recent transfer windows and looked set to join Everton or Leicester before deals collapsed late on,” he told TheGamblingTimes.com.
“With the clock ticking and the player edging towards 30, he may feel this summer is the time for pastures new and no doubt there will be plenty clambering for his signature.
“West Brom and West Ham appear to be showing the most interest at present and top our market at 2/1 and 3/1 respectively. Everton may come knocking again, especially if they lose Romelu Lukaku, and the blue half of Merseyside are 4/1 to persuade him to come North.”