Watford have rejected a £25m bid from Leicester City for captain Troy Deeney.

The Premier League champions had an offer turned down for the Hornets striker earlier this month and Claudio Ranieri's side have tabled another bid.

But Watford have again rejected the offer and reiterated Deeney is not for sale. 

The Foxes have made the 27-year-old one of their main targets of the summer. But the Hornets are determined to hold onto their talisman.

Deeney is contracted to the club until 2020 after agreeing a five-year deal last summer. 

He is the first Watford player to score 20 goals in three consecutive seasons after leading them to promotion from the Championship in the 2014-15 campaign.

Deeney also netted 13 goals in the Premier League last season as he helped the club finish 13th in the top flight.

His importance to the Hornets goes far beyond his goals on the pitch. Deeney’s influence at the club and his role in the dressing room has been a key part of the club’s success in recent seasons.