Birmingham City boss Lee Bowyer has admitted Watford forward Troy Deeney is a player he likes but admits there will be strong interest in him from other clubs, speaking to Birmingham Live.
These comments come amid a report from the same outlet stating the Blues are interested in recruiting the 33-year-old before the transfer window shuts, with the forward notoriously known for being a boyhood fan of the club.
With less than 12 months remaining on his current deal at Vicarage Road, the Hornets released a statement on Friday stating he was taking part in discussions with senior officials in Hertfordshire regarding his future after previously being an integral part of their first team.
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However, the newly-promoted side have signed Emmanuel Dennis, Josh King and Ashley Fletcher over the past few months, leaving him out in the cold with Andre Gray another option Xisco can utilise in the top flight.
For Birmingham City, this would only go on to increase the quality and depth in their attacking department after already welcoming Chuks Aneke to St Andrew’s on a free transfer, linking up with existing players Scott Hogan and Lewis Jutkiewicz as Lee Bowyer’s side look to fire themselves to a much-improved league finish this term.
Speaking after their 1-1 draw at Barnsley yesterday afternoon, Bowyer opened up on this transfer link and said to Birmingham Live: “All I would say is Troy (Deeney) is a good player, he is a good striker, scores goals, works hard for his team.
“I know him, I have met him a couple of times, he seems like a winner.
“Will there be others that are trying to sign Troy Deeney? Probably, if they are not they are silly. He’s a good striker.
“He’s a player but we are speaking to other players as well so I won’t go into too much detail. He is a player that I like and I am guessing there will be others that like him as well.”
It’s refreshing to see a manager be so open about a transfer link and though he is tempering fans’ expectations due to the fact other teams will inevitably be interested in his services, the fact Deeney grew up supporting Birmingham could give them a crucial edge over others in the race to bring him in.
And whilst they may be under a tight budget, the vital thing is the fact they are not under a transfer embargo, which could allow them to pay slightly over the odds to land him if they believe he’s worth the money to lure him to the West Midlands.
He may be in the final year of his deal – but widespread interest from around the second tier could potentially create a bidding war – thus making his contract situation at Vicarage Road all but irrelevant.
The one saving grace is that there are only a few days left to go in the transfer window, so whoever moves the fastest to win his signature will probably come out victorious from this race.
And with the experience he brings in the top two tiers, he would be an invaluable character at somewhere like Birmingham City. Now it depends on how much they’re willing to offer Watford and the wage package they can put together to make this signing a reality.