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Deeney: ‘It’s flattering big clubs want me and Ighalo’

Troy Deeney joked that his Arsenal supporting son is disappointed he will not be moving to the Emirates stadium this month – and that Odion Ighalo will only leave for a massive club in the summer.

The Watford captain has been fancifully linked with a £20m move to the Gunners this month, but any bid for Deeney will be flatly turned down by Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury.

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“My son [Myles] is an Arsenal fan and he was reading the paper with his mum,” Deeney said on talkSPORT this morning. “I don’t think he’s happy I’m staying,” he joked. “He doesn’t understand this isn’t Fifa and you can’t change team the same day.”

Asked what his reaction would be if Arsenal followed up their apparent interest with a bid, Deeney replied:

“We’ve still got a project to complete here,” he said. “The pleasing thing for me is that people want us, me and Iggy. It shows we are doing something right. As the gaffer says we’ll stay up and see whatever happens happens in the summer.

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“We don’t have to sell anyone. We’ve got good owners, taking care of everything, the stadium and the training ground. They’ve invested a lot of money. If we stay up, and we are effectively three or four wins from doing that, we have just got to keep our feet on the ground. We are doing so well that expectations rise. It’s a good thing but a bit of realism needs to kick in.”

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Ighalo will also attract interest this month but, like Deeney, he is not going anywhere as any offer for the Nigerian in January will be rebuffed.

“He’s scoring the goals and having one of those years,” said Deeney. “Whatever he hits is going in. He’s carried that on this year. The main thing is he’s a bit of Man United fan. He’s watched Man United and Arsenal as they are always shown in other countries. If he left he would only leave for a massive club.”

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