Burnley keen to bag in-demand Watford striker Troy Deeney
Clarets hoping to add extra sting to their side by capturing Hornets Golden Boy, after he enjoyed a stellar season at Vicarage Road
Burnley, 11/8 to stay up in the Premier League this season, have thrown their hat into the ring in the battle to sign Watford hitman Troy Deeney.
Birmingham-born Deeney is at the centre of a transfer tussle between a host of Premier League sides, with newly promoted teams QPR and Leicester City vying for his services, and Swansea City also linked with a swoop for the striker.
Young Clarets coach Sean Dyche, nicknamed ‘the ginger Mourinho’, has reportedly made an £8m offer for the former Walsall frontman, but Watford are said to be holding out for a fee closer to £10m.
Deeney has attracted attention following his fine form for the Hornets. After spending four seasons plying his trade in the Championship for the Hertfordshire side, it is understandable that Deeney may want to finally test his talents in the top-flight.
Having netted 24 times in 44 league outings last term, it was only a matter of time before the Premier League beckoned, but the Hornets have apparently rejected several bids for their top scorer.
Deeney, who won the Watford Player of the Season Award, would certainly add an extra attacking dimension to freshly promoted Burnley. The north-west club have already snapped up ex-Stoke City winger Michael Kightly, who impressed on loan at Turf Moor last season, as well as free transfers Chris Baird, Matthew Gilks and Steven Reid.
Ambitious Dyche has also secured the signature of former Middlesbrough forward Lukas Jutkiewicz, but still seems keen to add further firepower to the Claret’s cause, with free-scoring frontman Danny Ings entering the final year of his contract.
The 22-year-old scored 21 times for Burnley in what was an impressive season, but the Bournemouth academy product is apparently coveted by both Newcastle United and Southampton.
In light of interest in his most prolific poacher, Dyche would be wise to invest in further attacking options, particularly after Ings only netted six goals for the club in 48 appearances, prior to last term.
Burnley, who are 10/1 to go one better than Crystal Palace this season and secure a top ten finish, face much competition for Deeney, with Leicester seemingly the biggest threat.
The Foxes, who reportedly had a £7.5m offer for the 26-year-old rebuffed, would need to break their transfer record for the second time this summer to capture the fearsome forward. They have smashed their previous spending record already this summer. Argentine attacker Leonardo Ulloa arrived from Brighton and Hove Albion for £8m, but the Foxes may balk at another large fee.