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EXCLUSIVE: Watford reject Leicester City bid for Troy Deeney

Watford have drawn an early line in the sand in their quest to hang on to Troy Deeney after rejecting a bid from Leicester City over the weekend.

WD Sport has learned this morning that the Foxes tabled a bid for the 27-year-old striker over the weekend in the region of £15m but the offer was turned down. Leicester made Deeney their No 1 target even before Jamie Vardy’s proposed move to Arsenal, but the Premier League champions have stepped up their interest in the event of losing the England striker.

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Deeney, who heads off to Miami and Orlando for his holidays shortly, has such a transparent relationship with owner Gino Pozzo and Scott Duxbury that he and his representative, Simon Kennedy, will have been made aware of the offer.

Whether Leicester will improve their bid will emerge over the next week but Watford turned down a succession of offers around the £10m mark in the summers of 2013 and 2014 so they value Deeney, who scored 15 goals last season and claimed seven assists, more than £5m above what they turned down when he was a Championship player.

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“We have no desire to sell Troy or Odion,” chief executive Scott Duxbury told us in April. “If a situation arises where the player wants to go, are we going to lose sleep? No, because we’ll always find an alternative who can move the team forward. But we have no desire to sell Troy or Odion. And I don’t think we will.”