Watford striker Troy Deeney appears to have confirmed that there were talks about a move to the Premier League for him during the summer transfer window.
Following Watford’s relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season, Deeney was linked with several Premier League clubs, including Tottenham, during the summer transfer window.
Ultimately now move materialised, but it seems that there were deals on the cards for the striker, who is in the final year of his contract at Vicarage Road.
Speaking to TalkSport about those reports surrounding his future over the summer, Deeney revealed: “I’m 32. A lot of clubs were looking for a different style of striker as a back up.
“Obviously everyone wants to play a certain way but when you get into certain moments you need someone to hold it up or if you are losing a game go long. There were a lot of talks. Some things materialised some things didn’t.”
Explaining the mindset he held while discussions over his future took place, Deeney added: “The ones that were getting closer you start thinking are you ready to go back to the Premier League to be a bit part player.
“I’ve been at Watford ten years and then you start weighing the options of calling it a day. When you get into that mould of being a super sub you can’t go back.”
The striker however, did remain coy over a conversation he had with Spurs boss Jose Mourinho when the two clubs played a friendly earlier this summer, as on that topic, Deeney simply said: “I saw Jose at the Watford vs Spurs game pre-season. That’s all I will say.”
So far this season, Deeney has featured just once in the league for Watford, coming on as a late substitute in their 1-0 win at home to Luton last month.
This is an interesting one.
Judging by Deeney’s comments here, you would imagine he still expects to play a more significant role for Watford this season than he has done so far.
If that was not the case, then it would have made more sense for him to move to the Premier League, where he may have been able to get a better deal, either from a football or financial perspective.
Indeed, it does seem as though there was interest in him from Premier League clubs at the very least, based on what he is saying, and the fact he would not be drawn on his conversation with Mourniho only adds further intrigue to the situation.