Watford have not received any bids for Troy Deeney in the last week and Beppe Sannino insists the striker’s absence from the starting XI for the last three matches is not related to the player’s potential departure.
Deeney was the subject of several offers from Premier League clubs last week but the Hornets rejected them all as they did not meet the club’s valuation.
Sean Dyche has ruled Burnley out of the running in the last week and potential switches to Everton and Queens Park Rangers appear less likely following this week’s events.
Leicester City and Swansea City are two of the other clubs interested in Deeney, as are fellow Championship side Norwich City, but none have submitted any more offers this week.
We understand the Golden Boys have refused to state an asking price during negotiations, stressing they want to keep hold of their captain.
However, like all players, the club have a valuation which, if met, could result in the player departing.
Sannino has not named Deeney in his starting line-up for any of the last three matches.
The 26-year-old was not in the squad for the 1-0 victory at Boreham Wood on Thursday of last week and the club refused to explain why.
Deeney was then named on the bench against St Albans City on Saturday and Coventry City on Wednesday but did come on in both contests.
Sannino stated Deeney’s potential departure has not influenced his decision when choosing the starting XI in the last week.
“No, no. Absolutely not,” Sannino responded on Wednesday night. “Troy played in the second half because all of the players need to play. In the past Troy has played in the first half and today he played in the second. It is normal.”
He added: “For me this match was the last game where I will put on all of my players. It was important [all the players played] because they have worked hard.
“Against Udinese the players will play for almost 90 minutes.”
Burnley were the first club to submit an offer for Deeney, for an initial fee of around £4.5m plus add-ons.
It was made clear early on by Dyche that the Clarets would not be spending big this summer but it did not stop one publication claiming they had submitted an £8m offer last week.
However, Dyche told Sky Sports: “I don’t know what sort of club they think we are and I’m not sure what happened there. There must have been a financial bypass by someone for them to link us with him for £8m.”
He added: “He is among many players that we admire but we have a certain brief from the club that we have to work to and it is important that the club have a base to work from financially. We can’t entertain £8m players I can assure you of that.”
Everton watched Deeney several times late last season and Roberto Martinez confirmed earlier this week that he would be signing a ‘number nine’.
But on Wednesday it was announced the Toffees had bought Romelu Lukaku from Chelsea for a club-record fee of £28m but it is unclear whether that has ended their interest in Deeney.
QPR manager Harry Redknapp says he isn’t sure whether QPR will continue to pursue a move for Deeney either as Loic Remy may remain at Loftus Road after failing a medical with Liverpool.
Redknapp was quoted on Monday stating Rangers’ chairman Tony Fernandes had been talking to Watford over a potential deal for the Hornets striker, who scored 25 goals last season.
French international Remy was set for a switch to Merseyside at that point but the move broke down and he could now remain with the R’s.
When asked on Tuesday if Rangers were still interested in Deeney, Redknapp replied: “He’s [Deeney] a player that’s been mentioned, we’ve spoken about him. He’s a player we were interested in. Nothing has happened there at the moment but he was on the list. Whether we pursue it, I’m not sure at the moment."
Redknapp continued: “We have to wait to see what happens with Loic Remy. He's back with us now and if he’s here we need to know whether he’s going to stay or not because we can’t be losing him on transfer deadline and then not having a striker.
“You can’t go in with two strikers, with Bobby Zamora and Charlie Austin.”