Leicester City are ready to spend in the region of £30million to sign Watford captain Troy Deeney. This comes after the Foxes had a second bid of around £25 million rejected for the Hornets star player.
Leicester City are expected to make a formal offer of £30million for Watford captain Troy Deeney. The Foxes are refusing to admit defeat in their pursuit for the player and will go all out to make sure they sign him this summer.
Leicester City have prioritised the striker position this summer as the club look set to play in the Champions League next season and Deeney has topped that list.
Deeney, who performed impressively for Watford last season scored 15 goals in all competitions which has caught the eye of the Premier League champions.
Deeney now wants to play Champions League football under Claudio Ranieri after several ups and downs in his career he is now ready to take the next step, but Watford feel that with four years left on his contract they are under no pressure to sell but a bid of £30 million may be too hard to turn down.
After Leicester City had two bids for Deeney turned down, the player himself is now demanding talks with the club.
Watford will demand an eye-watering fee for Deeney due to Watford having to pay 25 per cent of any fee to League One club Walsall.
Watford fear replacing Deeney will be a huge task for new head coach Walter Mazzarri and are not keen on taking the risk.
Leicester have already proposed a contract with personal terms to Deeney and the player has agreed to it, with the club having to now agree a price with Watford who have stood firm.
The 6ft tall striker has been with Watford since 2010 and has gone onto to play 243 times for the club scoring 90 goals, also securing promotion to the Premier League.
Deeney is an out and out striker but can be versatile if needed. He can play through the middle up front or on the right and can also play a number 10 role as he likes to link up play with his teammates.
Something that will please the Blues boss Ranieri, Deeney has a real eye for goal and is not afraid to shoot from outside the box and managed 0.96 shots from outside the box per 90 minutes. Deeney surprisingly has also won more than half of his aerial duels which is rather impressive for a striker, he has managed to win 52.38%.
Although he is a forward player, a real strength of Deeney’s is his whole attitude for the team, he is a very strong tackler and will work hard and his team, Deeney’s defensive contribution is sublime for a striker winning 0.98 tackles per 90 minutes last season.
Jamie Vardy was one of the best strikers in the Premier League last season and he fired Leicester to the league title and in the process beat Ruud van Nistelrooy’s goal record. Vardy managed to score 0.69 goals per 90 minutes last season which is phenomenal compared to Deeney who managed 0.36. Deeney however, created more chances than Vardy with 1.53 with the latter managing 1.32. Deeney also comes out on top with assists 0.19 whilst Vardy scores 0.17.
Leicester City want Troy Deeney regardless of the future of Jamie Vardy, the in form striker had his release clause met by Arsenal before the Euros. Vardy is now likely to sign a new deal with Leicester which will be a huge boost for the club and fans.
There will of course still be a huge worry for Leicester until an announcement is made as Vardy wants to concentrate on the Euros and has refused to be drawn into speculation.
Leicester will be hopeful of signing Troy Deeney this summer as the club look to compliment him Vardy in partnering him with Deeney next season.
Watford will fight hard to keep hold of their star player and have rejected the opening two bids, but with the player desperate for the move they could sanction the transfer as it looks likely Leicester will meet the £30million price tag on him.