Leicester City's £6.5m bid for Troy Deeney turned down by Watford

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Watford have rejected a £6.5m bid from Leicester City for striker Troy Deeney.

We understand the Foxes’ offer was turned down as it is considerably less than the club’s valuation of the player.

This follows Burnley’s bid at the beginning of July and previous enquiries from Swansea City and Norwich City. (Read more here)

The 26-year-old was signed by Malky Mackay in 2010 but struggled to secure a starting place in his favoured striking position during his first season at the club.

Deeney turned his Watford career around under the guidance of current Burnley boss Sean Dyche and excelled following the sale of Marvin Sordell in January 2012.

He scored 11 league goals during the 2011/2012 campaign but the following season went on to find the net 20 times in the Championship, alongside Matej Vydra, as the Hornets twice narrowly 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.

The Hornets have seen their enquiry for Leicester's Andy King rejected. Read more here.

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8:22pm Mon 21 Jul 14

goldanboy says...

Great news. £10m, nothing less. I do hope he doesn't go at the end. He needs replacing and not with a panic purchase. I think Villa are sitting waiting to see how much they have to trump someone. Hope he stays, but I think he's repaid us after his little 'stint'.
Great news. £10m, nothing less. I do hope he doesn't go at the end. He needs replacing and not with a panic purchase. I think Villa are sitting waiting to see how much they have to trump someone. Hope he stays, but I think he's repaid us after his little 'stint'. goldanboy
  • Score: 33

8:26pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Wickesy says...

Well done the Pozzo's! When have we ever been in this stage as a club when we can turn down this kind of money for a guy that is completely unproven at premier league level! Well done Watford
Well done the Pozzo's! When have we ever been in this stage as a club when we can turn down this kind of money for a guy that is completely unproven at premier league level! Well done Watford Wickesy
  • Score: 30

8:26pm Mon 21 Jul 14

FestersVespas says...

I think the official response should be 'go forth and multiply, your offer'
I think the official response should be 'go forth and multiply, your offer' FestersVespas
  • Score: 11

8:27pm Mon 21 Jul 14

SAHornet says...

Reckon the bidding will reach 8.5m and he'll go. Can't hold it against him - he deserves his shot but still feel that he'll battle bigtime in The Prem.
Reckon the bidding will reach 8.5m and he'll go. Can't hold it against him - he deserves his shot but still feel that he'll battle bigtime in The Prem. SAHornet
  • Score: 16

8:29pm Mon 21 Jul 14

mickallen57 says...

Great news. Watford are a serious contender in the automatic promotion chase. This proves the Pozzo family will deliver. Of course every player has his price tag ,but in years gone by Troy would have been sold at that price. We would be repaying loans with cash and getting in lower league players to fill the empty boots left by Troy. COYH
Great news. Watford are a serious contender in the automatic promotion chase. This proves the Pozzo family will deliver. Of course every player has his price tag ,but in years gone by Troy would have been sold at that price. We would be repaying loans with cash and getting in lower league players to fill the empty boots left by Troy. COYH mickallen57
  • Score: 23

8:33pm Mon 21 Jul 14

andyandyandy says...

Apparently we are after Andy King from Leicester. Maybe 7mil plus player?
Apparently we are after Andy King from Leicester. Maybe 7mil plus player? andyandyandy
  • Score: -11

8:40pm Mon 21 Jul 14

vag1 says...

mickallen57 wrote:
Great news. Watford are a serious contender in the automatic promotion chase. This proves the Pozzo family will deliver. Of course every player has his price tag ,but in years gone by Troy would have been sold at that price. We would be repaying loans with cash and getting in lower league players to fill the empty boots left by Troy. COYH
He would have been sold for 3.5m including add ons before!
[quote][p][bold]mickallen57[/bold] wrote: Great news. Watford are a serious contender in the automatic promotion chase. This proves the Pozzo family will deliver. Of course every player has his price tag ,but in years gone by Troy would have been sold at that price. We would be repaying loans with cash and getting in lower league players to fill the empty boots left by Troy. COYH[/p][/quote]He would have been sold for 3.5m including add ons before! vag1
  • Score: 6

8:50pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Cuetip says...

Alot of respect for Deeney who has done the business for WFC and would probably relish the chance to move upwards. Upping the money looks tempting but what price to replace him and what cost to performance as this league is quite tough as QPR found last season.
Alot of respect for Deeney who has done the business for WFC and would probably relish the chance to move upwards. Upping the money looks tempting but what price to replace him and what cost to performance as this league is quite tough as QPR found last season. Cuetip
  • Score: 5

8:53pm Mon 21 Jul 14

The Rover says...

vag1 wrote:
mickallen57 wrote:
Great news. Watford are a serious contender in the automatic promotion chase. This proves the Pozzo family will deliver. Of course every player has his price tag ,but in years gone by Troy would have been sold at that price. We would be repaying loans with cash and getting in lower league players to fill the empty boots left by Troy. COYH
He would have been sold for 3.5m including add ons before!
A few years ago he would have gone for £1m and a new shiny red hat
[quote][p][bold]vag1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickallen57[/bold] wrote: Great news. Watford are a serious contender in the automatic promotion chase. This proves the Pozzo family will deliver. Of course every player has his price tag ,but in years gone by Troy would have been sold at that price. We would be repaying loans with cash and getting in lower league players to fill the empty boots left by Troy. COYH[/p][/quote]He would have been sold for 3.5m including add ons before![/p][/quote]A few years ago he would have gone for £1m and a new shiny red hat The Rover
  • Score: 14

9:02pm Mon 21 Jul 14

tonyevans22 says...

QPR £9 mill watch this space.
QPR £9 mill watch this space. tonyevans22
  • Score: -22

9:16pm Mon 21 Jul 14

only5foot3 says...

Deeney scored more than ulloa and McCormack over last 2 years. So bidding starts at 10m
Deeney scored more than ulloa and McCormack over last 2 years. So bidding starts at 10m only5foot3
  • Score: 21

9:26pm Mon 21 Jul 14

JohnnyBarnes says...

"Considerably less" than our valuation.

Lovely.

Jog on Leicester.
"Considerably less" than our valuation. Lovely. Jog on Leicester. JohnnyBarnes
  • Score: 21

9:30pm Mon 21 Jul 14

lockerbiehornet says...

andyandyandy wrote:
Apparently we are after Andy King from Leicester. Maybe 7mil plus player?
We offered £1.2 mill for him today and I understand LCFC value him at £2.5 so I doubt it
[quote][p][bold]andyandyandy[/bold] wrote: Apparently we are after Andy King from Leicester. Maybe 7mil plus player?[/p][/quote]We offered £1.2 mill for him today and I understand LCFC value him at £2.5 so I doubt it lockerbiehornet
  • Score: -3

9:39pm Mon 21 Jul 14

only5foot3 says...

Id be interested to know who released this info? Doesnt sound like watford are fanning the flames.
Id be interested to know who released this info? Doesnt sound like watford are fanning the flames. only5foot3
  • Score: -1

10:00pm Mon 21 Jul 14

EltonForever says...

If Troy Deeney is to go, t'were best he go quickly, so that a replacement can be found and formations and attacking options be decided upon over the next three weeks. Tempus fugit and all that!
If Troy Deeney is to go, t'were best he go quickly, so that a replacement can be found and formations and attacking options be decided upon over the next three weeks. Tempus fugit and all that! EltonForever
  • Score: 1

10:28pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Hornet Cornet says...

good point, if he does go and vydra goes through a massive goal drought like he did last year, we've got no out-and-out strikers that are proven to score goals. Don't get too optimistic folks.

Big Love

HC
good point, if he does go and vydra goes through a massive goal drought like he did last year, we've got no out-and-out strikers that are proven to score goals. Don't get too optimistic folks. Big Love HC Hornet Cornet
  • Score: -7

10:50pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Man from Pinner says...

If TD does go I think we should try to get Danny Graham back. I believe he could work well with Vydra. My preference is to keep TD but we need a back up plan.
If TD does go I think we should try to get Danny Graham back. I believe he could work well with Vydra. My preference is to keep TD but we need a back up plan. Man from Pinner
  • Score: 7

12:47am Tue 22 Jul 14

D.unstable says...

A few years back pre Pozzo a prem club would have made public their interest, the player would have demanded to talk to them and then they would put in a ridiculously low offer that we would be forced to accept. We have grown so much as a club that players now want to be at, with the financial backing to stop us from being tred over at every opportunity.

Deeney will go, but on our terms thanks to Mr Pozzo, and I'm sure as per life after Blissett, Barnes, Young, King, Mooney, Graham etc, well be just fine.
A few years back pre Pozzo a prem club would have made public their interest, the player would have demanded to talk to them and then they would put in a ridiculously low offer that we would be forced to accept. We have grown so much as a club that players now want to be at, with the financial backing to stop us from being tred over at every opportunity. Deeney will go, but on our terms thanks to Mr Pozzo, and I'm sure as per life after Blissett, Barnes, Young, King, Mooney, Graham etc, well be just fine. D.unstable
  • Score: 8

2:20am Tue 22 Jul 14

Sydneyhornet says...

I agree that I would be very surprised to see Troy turn out for us next year, as much as I might like to see it.

So, we get 7 million plus King? Then where do we place that 7 million? On who? Sordell might have been worth a crack, Graham i am not convinced about...

I am open to suggestions of a suitable replacement. However i think locating one is going to be the hardest part... 20 goals per season strikers are very, very hard to get.
I agree that I would be very surprised to see Troy turn out for us next year, as much as I might like to see it. So, we get 7 million plus King? Then where do we place that 7 million? On who? Sordell might have been worth a crack, Graham i am not convinced about... I am open to suggestions of a suitable replacement. However i think locating one is going to be the hardest part... 20 goals per season strikers are very, very hard to get. Sydneyhornet
  • Score: 2

5:29am Tue 22 Jul 14

CARDIFFHORN says...

Sydneyhornet wrote:
I agree that I would be very surprised to see Troy turn out for us next year, as much as I might like to see it.

So, we get 7 million plus King? Then where do we place that 7 million? On who? Sordell might have been worth a crack, Graham i am not convinced about...

I am open to suggestions of a suitable replacement. However i think locating one is going to be the hardest part... 20 goals per season strikers are very, very hard to get.
Maybe a certain Britt Assombolonga as we do have first refusal. Though I doubt it.
[quote][p][bold]Sydneyhornet[/bold] wrote: I agree that I would be very surprised to see Troy turn out for us next year, as much as I might like to see it. So, we get 7 million plus King? Then where do we place that 7 million? On who? Sordell might have been worth a crack, Graham i am not convinced about... I am open to suggestions of a suitable replacement. However i think locating one is going to be the hardest part... 20 goals per season strikers are very, very hard to get.[/p][/quote]Maybe a certain Britt Assombolonga as we do have first refusal. Though I doubt it. CARDIFFHORN
  • Score: -10

5:57am Tue 22 Jul 14

Tonytheaceman says...

SAHornet wrote:
Reckon the bidding will reach 8.5m and he'll go. Can't hold it against him - he deserves his shot but still feel that he'll battle bigtime in The Prem.
Bull dust !! he will play in the prem with us, COYH
[quote][p][bold]SAHornet[/bold] wrote: Reckon the bidding will reach 8.5m and he'll go. Can't hold it against him - he deserves his shot but still feel that he'll battle bigtime in The Prem.[/p][/quote]Bull dust !! he will play in the prem with us, COYH Tonytheaceman
  • Score: 2

6:49am Tue 22 Jul 14

robo bovingdon says...

Troy must be worth at least £10 million how do we get all the other players to provide the goals that will get us to the PREM nosense in letting him go without a very good replacement not easy to find his goals and all round play are worth a lot more to the Pozzo family KEEP HIM AT LEAST TILL JAN THEN SEE WHAT POSTION WE ARE IN
COME ON TROY AND THE BOYS LETS GO AND TAKE THE DIVISION BY STORM
Troy must be worth at least £10 million how do we get all the other players to provide the goals that will get us to the PREM nosense in letting him go without a very good replacement not easy to find his goals and all round play are worth a lot more to the Pozzo family KEEP HIM AT LEAST TILL JAN THEN SEE WHAT POSTION WE ARE IN COME ON TROY AND THE BOYS LETS GO AND TAKE THE DIVISION BY STORM robo bovingdon
  • Score: 4

7:01am Tue 22 Jul 14

endean2 says...

sadly he in his way
its just a question of the price. Ulloa went for £8.5 I think so it
has to be £ 9-10 minimum for Troy.

Good luck to him, he deserves the chance just make sure we buy
a top class replacement, aiming for Sordell/ Graham is not the way.
Now, our old mate Assombalonga would be perfect.
sadly he in his way its just a question of the price. Ulloa went for £8.5 I think so it has to be £ 9-10 minimum for Troy. Good luck to him, he deserves the chance just make sure we buy a top class replacement, aiming for Sordell/ Graham is not the way. Now, our old mate Assombalonga would be perfect. endean2
  • Score: -7

8:40am Tue 22 Jul 14

Harry's Bar says...

endean2 wrote:
sadly he in his way
its just a question of the price. Ulloa went for £8.5 I think so it
has to be £ 9-10 minimum for Troy.

Good luck to him, he deserves the chance just make sure we buy
a top class replacement, aiming for Sordell/ Graham is not the way.
Now, our old mate Assombalonga would be perfect.
Although we've just turned down a bid for £6.5m and you think he's worth £9-10 minimum you're sure he's on his way. I predict that no one will match Pozzo's valuation and he'll stay.
[quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: sadly he in his way its just a question of the price. Ulloa went for £8.5 I think so it has to be £ 9-10 minimum for Troy. Good luck to him, he deserves the chance just make sure we buy a top class replacement, aiming for Sordell/ Graham is not the way. Now, our old mate Assombalonga would be perfect.[/p][/quote]Although we've just turned down a bid for £6.5m and you think he's worth £9-10 minimum you're sure he's on his way. I predict that no one will match Pozzo's valuation and he'll stay. Harry's Bar
  • Score: 2

8:47am Tue 22 Jul 14

The Skeptical Optimist says...

The Rover wrote:
vag1 wrote:
mickallen57 wrote:
Great news. Watford are a serious contender in the automatic promotion chase. This proves the Pozzo family will deliver. Of course every player has his price tag ,but in years gone by Troy would have been sold at that price. We would be repaying loans with cash and getting in lower league players to fill the empty boots left by Troy. COYH
He would have been sold for 3.5m including add ons before!
A few years ago he would have gone for £1m and a new shiny red hat
Shame, I reckon Sannino would look great in a fez.
[quote][p][bold]The Rover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vag1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mickallen57[/bold] wrote: Great news. Watford are a serious contender in the automatic promotion chase. This proves the Pozzo family will deliver. Of course every player has his price tag ,but in years gone by Troy would have been sold at that price. We would be repaying loans with cash and getting in lower league players to fill the empty boots left by Troy. COYH[/p][/quote]He would have been sold for 3.5m including add ons before![/p][/quote]A few years ago he would have gone for £1m and a new shiny red hat[/p][/quote]Shame, I reckon Sannino would look great in a fez. The Skeptical Optimist
  • Score: 1

9:42am Tue 22 Jul 14

VOReason says...

Harry's Bar wrote:
endean2 wrote:
sadly he in his way
its just a question of the price. Ulloa went for £8.5 I think so it
has to be £ 9-10 minimum for Troy.

Good luck to him, he deserves the chance just make sure we buy
a top class replacement, aiming for Sordell/ Graham is not the way.
Now, our old mate Assombalonga would be perfect.
Although we've just turned down a bid for £6.5m and you think he's worth £9-10 minimum you're sure he's on his way. I predict that no one will match Pozzo's valuation and he'll stay.
Unfortunately someone will get desperate on deadline day.

We 'll get the valuation but have little or no time to find a replacement.

If that's the case I'd rather take slightly less but have time on our side
[quote][p][bold]Harry's Bar[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]endean2[/bold] wrote: sadly he in his way its just a question of the price. Ulloa went for £8.5 I think so it has to be £ 9-10 minimum for Troy. Good luck to him, he deserves the chance just make sure we buy a top class replacement, aiming for Sordell/ Graham is not the way. Now, our old mate Assombalonga would be perfect.[/p][/quote]Although we've just turned down a bid for £6.5m and you think he's worth £9-10 minimum you're sure he's on his way. I predict that no one will match Pozzo's valuation and he'll stay.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately someone will get desperate on deadline day. We 'll get the valuation but have little or no time to find a replacement. If that's the case I'd rather take slightly less but have time on our side VOReason
  • Score: -1

9:42am Tue 22 Jul 14

Poppet Bear says...

Sydneyhornet wrote:
I agree that I would be very surprised to see Troy turn out for us next year, as much as I might like to see it.

So, we get 7 million plus King? Then where do we place that 7 million? On who? Sordell might have been worth a crack, Graham i am not convinced about...

I am open to suggestions of a suitable replacement. However i think locating one is going to be the hardest part... 20 goals per season strikers are very, very hard to get.
Absolutely, as we found out last year after Vydra left.
[quote][p][bold]Sydneyhornet[/bold] wrote: I agree that I would be very surprised to see Troy turn out for us next year, as much as I might like to see it. So, we get 7 million plus King? Then where do we place that 7 million? On who? Sordell might have been worth a crack, Graham i am not convinced about... I am open to suggestions of a suitable replacement. However i think locating one is going to be the hardest part... 20 goals per season strikers are very, very hard to get.[/p][/quote]Absolutely, as we found out last year after Vydra left. Poppet Bear
  • Score: -1

9:43am Tue 22 Jul 14

Bush Hornet says...

only5foot3 wrote:
Deeney scored more than ulloa and McCormack over last 2 years. So bidding starts at 10m
I agree hold out for good price.

I think Ranegie will be a good replacement - showed plenty of promise last season.
[quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: Deeney scored more than ulloa and McCormack over last 2 years. So bidding starts at 10m[/p][/quote]I agree hold out for good price. I think Ranegie will be a good replacement - showed plenty of promise last season. Bush Hornet
  • Score: 4

10:05am Tue 22 Jul 14

VOReason says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
only5foot3 wrote:
Deeney scored more than ulloa and McCormack over last 2 years. So bidding starts at 10m
I agree hold out for good price.

I think Ranegie will be a good replacement - showed plenty of promise last season.
I like ranegie too!
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: Deeney scored more than ulloa and McCormack over last 2 years. So bidding starts at 10m[/p][/quote]I agree hold out for good price. I think Ranegie will be a good replacement - showed plenty of promise last season.[/p][/quote]I like ranegie too! VOReason
  • Score: 2

10:16am Tue 22 Jul 14

MainStandShambles says...

Bush Hornet wrote:
only5foot3 wrote:
Deeney scored more than ulloa and McCormack over last 2 years. So bidding starts at 10m
I agree hold out for good price.

I think Ranegie will be a good replacement - showed plenty of promise last season.
I agree with you Bush.

I would love TD to stay and think that the Pozzos have the right idea in seeing Deeney's true value in getting us into the Premiership BUT if a silly offer is received then Ranegie to knock 'em down for Vydra and the others might just do the trick. MR has had his settling in time now and with Deeney not blocking his way there is no reason for him not to produce.
[quote][p][bold]Bush Hornet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]only5foot3[/bold] wrote: Deeney scored more than ulloa and McCormack over last 2 years. So bidding starts at 10m[/p][/quote]I agree hold out for good price. I think Ranegie will be a good replacement - showed plenty of promise last season.[/p][/quote]I agree with you Bush. I would love TD to stay and think that the Pozzos have the right idea in seeing Deeney's true value in getting us into the Premiership BUT if a silly offer is received then Ranegie to knock 'em down for Vydra and the others might just do the trick. MR has had his settling in time now and with Deeney not blocking his way there is no reason for him not to produce. MainStandShambles
  • Score: 3

10:54am Tue 22 Jul 14

RobboBTC says...

Could Ranegie not be an able replacement for Deeney? Just checked the official site to remind myself but he scored 4 goals in 10 games and if I remember correctly he hadn't played much football for a while before joining us. With a full pre-season under his belt I reckon he could possibly return around 20 goals playing week in week out?
Could Ranegie not be an able replacement for Deeney? Just checked the official site to remind myself but he scored 4 goals in 10 games and if I remember correctly he hadn't played much football for a while before joining us. With a full pre-season under his belt I reckon he could possibly return around 20 goals playing week in week out? RobboBTC
  • Score: 2

11:12am Tue 22 Jul 14

Aaron23 says...

I'm surprised no one has said that forest could replace him? and Ranegie as back up... maybe are links with arsenal could get us afobe, he has a lot of promise and can play at championship level.
I'm surprised no one has said that forest could replace him? and Ranegie as back up... maybe are links with arsenal could get us afobe, he has a lot of promise and can play at championship level. Aaron23
  • Score: 1

1:43pm Tue 22 Jul 14

corbindallas says...

Wow, I mean WOW, how things have changed, a player we paid £500k for now being touted for more than £6.5m, and we all know he would have gone to Burnleys first bid had we been run by the k n o b in the red hat. I think the prices being paid for English players is nuts and on those grounds expect a 7.5-8m bid to secure his move. This also sends a serious message to the clubs of old who knew we had to sell and therefore offered us below market prices that we now do not need to sell if we don't want to and if you want to buy then give us a proper price. Interesting to see how this ends as if you compare the possible jackpot with TD on board of £120m or £8m now then the gamble of £120m with Prem status wins hands down so I will not be surprised if he is with us till January at least and then it will be down to our position and his contribution on whether he satys or not. Interesting times!
Wow, I mean WOW, how things have changed, a player we paid £500k for now being touted for more than £6.5m, and we all know he would have gone to Burnleys first bid had we been run by the k n o b in the red hat. I think the prices being paid for English players is nuts and on those grounds expect a 7.5-8m bid to secure his move. This also sends a serious message to the clubs of old who knew we had to sell and therefore offered us below market prices that we now do not need to sell if we don't want to and if you want to buy then give us a proper price. Interesting to see how this ends as if you compare the possible jackpot with TD on board of £120m or £8m now then the gamble of £120m with Prem status wins hands down so I will not be surprised if he is with us till January at least and then it will be down to our position and his contribution on whether he satys or not. Interesting times! corbindallas
  • Score: 0

2:39pm Tue 22 Jul 14

CheshamMike60 says...

EltonForever wrote:
If Troy Deeney is to go, t'were best he go quickly, so that a replacement can be found and formations and attacking options be decided upon over the next three weeks. Tempus fugit and all that!
If you're casting Troy as Duncan, remember that he came to a nasty end.
[quote][p][bold]EltonForever[/bold] wrote: If Troy Deeney is to go, t'were best he go quickly, so that a replacement can be found and formations and attacking options be decided upon over the next three weeks. Tempus fugit and all that![/p][/quote]If you're casting Troy as Duncan, remember that he came to a nasty end. CheshamMike60
  • Score: 0

4:08pm Wed 23 Jul 14

tonyevans22 says...

tonyevans22 wrote:
QPR £9 mill watch this space.
For the 22 of you that gave me a thumbs down...They will make a bid..

http://footballleagu
eworld.co.uk/watford
-striker-linked-with
-qpr-123/?
[quote][p][bold]tonyevans22[/bold] wrote: QPR £9 mill watch this space.[/p][/quote]For the 22 of you that gave me a thumbs down...They will make a bid.. http://footballleagu eworld.co.uk/watford -striker-linked-with -qpr-123/? tonyevans22
  • Score: 0

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