Watford have again reiterated to Leicester City that Troy Deeney is not for sale after the Premier League champions followed up their initial bid with an improved offer.
The Foxes have made Watford’s captain their primary summer transfer target and, as we exclusively revealed on Monday, made a formal bid around the £15m mark at the weekend. According to talkSPORT, where Deeney has appeared several times as a guest, the Foxes tested Watford’s resolve again today with an offer of £20m.
The offer more than doubles the previous best transfer fee received by the club, the £9.9m Aston Villa paid for Ashley Young, but owner Gino Pozzo and chief executive Scott Duxbury have turned it down.
The bold decision not only reflects the club’s healthy financial position and Deeney’s worth to the team but also the sell-on fee Walsall would be due as part of any transfer. If the sell-on fee, negotiated as part of the deal that brought Deeney to Vicarage Road in 2010, is the 20 per cent we understand it is, Watford would net only £16m if they accepted Leicester’s offer of £20m. Deeney scored 13 leagues goals, registered seven assists and is the heartbeat of the side and the club.
This is the third summer Watford have stood firm amid considerable interest in Deeney. During the summers of 2013 and 2014 they turned down bids from Queens Park Rangers, Swansea City, Leicester City and Fulham.
It’s all a far cry from the days Deeney was on the verge of joining Coventry City, for a cut-price fee, in 2011. “Let’s put it this way, if Lukas Jutkiewicz had moved an hour earlier then I wouldn’t be sitting here speaking to you guys now,” he told us in March. “But it all turned out alright for both of us in the end.”
There is more on the Deeney situation in this week’s issue of WD Sport, which is out in the shops now.