Watford have confirmed they have rejected a bid from Premier League side Burnley for striker Troy Deeney.
The 26-year-old, who scored 24 times in the Championship last season, has been linked with a move away from the Hornets this summer and the club are expecting offers.
The Clarets are managed by former Hornets boss Sean Dyche and he worked with Deeney during his season in charge at Vicarage Road.
The fee offered by Burnley has not been revealed but it is one that has not met the club’s valuation of last season’s top scorer.
However, with a host of clubs including West Bromwich Albion, Swansea City, Aston Villa and Norwich City all reportedly interested in Deeney further bids are expected.
Deeney was signed by Malky Mackay in 2010 but struggled to break into the starting line-up during his first season at the club.
He turned his Watford career around under the guidance of Dyche.
He scored 11 league goals during the 2011/2012 campaign but the following season went on to strike 20 times in the Championship, alongside Matej Vydra, as the Hornets twice missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
The last campaign was Deeney’s most prolific. He netted 25 goals in 48 matches to become the first player since Luther Blissett to score 20 times in all competitions in consecutive seasons.