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Troy Deeney unlikely to leave Watford this transfer window
Watford have not received any bids for striker Troy Deeney, who seems almost certain to remain at the club.
National media have linked a host of clubs with Deeney, including Tottenham Hotspur, Celtic, Newcastle United and Fulham, in the last few weeks.
The 25-year-old’s record of five goals in four games this season has enhanced his reputation further.
We understand clubs have loosely expressed an interest in the player through various channels but there have been no official enquiries or bids.
The Pozzos’ model is to develop players and sell them at their optimum price and with Deeney a crucial figure, it always seemed unlikely he would be sold unless there was a significant offer from a big club.
The transfer window closes on Monday night which would leave the Hornets with very little time to find a replacement.
The loan window reopens a week later but international loans are not eligible, only domestic ones, which means replacements from Udinese and Granada would not be available until January, unless the player became a free agent.
Speaking yesterday afternoon, head coach Gianfranco Zola said: “There has been no change. The plans of the club is that we don’t want to sell our best players.
“If a big club like a Chelsea comes in with a big offer then the club would consider it of course but so far nothing has happened and I’m hoping he will stay.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised by that [if there were bids] but the club doesn’t want to let him go and I believe he wants to stay,” Zola said after the League Cup win over Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
“I believe here he has everything he needs to improve and go to the next level.”
Celtic were the latest club to be linked with Deeney this week and when asked about a potential bid from the Champions League side, Zola replied: “From Celtic? I didn’t know about Celtic, I keep reading Newcastle, Fulham, Tottenham. Every day I see a new one but I am confident he will stay with us.”
In terms of incomings, Watford’s priority is a defensive midfielder with Tottenham Hotspur’s Tom Carroll, who grew up in the area, their number one loan target.
Carroll can play defensive midfield or in a more advanced position and the Hornets are also considering signing another central midfielder on loan.
When asked if anyone would arrive before the game with Blackpool, Zola said: “It might happen before Saturday but I’m not relying on anybody coming in before then.
“One or two midfielders may come in but I’m not expecting anybody to be available or playing in the team on Saturday.”
Some of Watford’s young players will be loaned out this season but exactly who and when will be determined by the arrivals.
Zola said: “We have had some offers for the young players. Once we decide who is coming in, then we will see who is going out on loan.
“We won’t have a problem finding clubs for our young players because they are doing well.”
One of those wanted by other clubs is Uche Ikpeazu, who was the top scorer at academy level last season with 28 goals in 28 games.
Southend United manager Phil Brown has revealed he is interested in securing the services of the Watford youngster and was at Wednesday’s game, when Ikpeazu was an unused substitute.
Ikpeazu joined Watford from Reading in the summer and could follow in the footsteps of former Hornet Britt Assombalonga, who excelled during a season-long stay with the Shrimpers last term and was also at the Bournemouth game.
Speaking to The Echo, Brown said: “We’ve been to watch Watford a few times now and every time we do it’s Uche who is the one who stands out for us so he’s certainly someone we’re thinking about.
“He’s very raw and has a lot to learn but physically he’s a beast of a striker and he has a good goalscoring record too.”
There will be seven Watford players away on international duty during the international break.
Lloyd Doyley, Essaid Belkalem, Ikechi Anya, Jonathan Bond, Cristian Battocchio, Connor Smith and Sean Murray have all been called up by their country for their respective age group. Go to watfordobserver.co.uk/sport for more information.
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