A fresh twist has emerged concerning Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion target Troy Deeney, with talkSPORT’s Tom Ross reporting that there is a dispute ongoing between Watford and the player.
The 33-year-old doesn’t appear to have a place in Xisco Munoz’s plans for the 2021/22 campaign, with his only appearances this term coming for the U23s in Premier League 2, and the top flight club announced on Friday that discussions were being held over “the best options for both parties for the season ahead”.
Deeney has been linked with a move to both Birmingham, the club he supported as a boy, and West Midlands rivals Albion over the past few days.
Ross reported yesterday evening that talks with the Blues over a move to St Andrew’s were going well, however, he has since claimed that Watford are refusing to pay the striker what he is owed by the club.
Re Blues trying to sign Troy Deeney. I am now hearing that Watford are reusing to pay him the money he is owed. Not sure exactly what impact that will have on Blues efforts to sign him as their talks were going well. #BCFC
— Tom Ross (@thegoalzone) August 29, 2021
Deeney has spent 11 years with the Hornets, scoring 140 goals and adding 62 assists in 419 appearances as well as helping them win promotion to the Premier League twice, and has one year left on his current deal at Vicarage Road.
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It seems the race for Deeney’s signature has taken a fresh twist.
First, we had Birmingham’s interest, then the Baggies joined the race for him, and now reports of this dispute have emerged.
Whether that will impact his potential departure remains to be seen but with the transfer window set to close tomorrow, the clubs in pursuit will want things sorted as soon as possible.
The 33-year-old added seven goals and three assists in 19 Championship appearances last season, highlighting that he’s still an asset at second-tier level.
Blues supporters will no doubt be hoping that Deeney’s boyhood support for the club will see him opt to join Lee Bowyer’s squad but it is understood that he was close to a move to Albion 12 months ago, which could play a role.
This is certainly one to watch over the next two days.