The 26-year-old has enjoyed a prolific career with the Hornets, having moved from Walsall in 2010, enjoying three consecutive seasons where he scored more than 20 goals, and captaining the Hertfordshire club to promotion,
Newcastle’s interest is reported in the same Mail article, whilst the Mirror also claim that Everton want to sign him, amid his reputation as one of the most fearsome strikers in English football.
The Mail report indicates that the £15 million price tag on Deeney last season has been increased ahead of the Premier League season, and despite his qualities, it is likely that few clubs would be willing to spend so much on a player with no top flight experience.
Troy Deeney - A Premier League level striker?
Deeney has netted 81 goals in 220 games for the Hornets, albeit all at Championship level, which does not seem like a good record. However, he started his career with Watford as a wide player, only starting to truly excel in 2012, following the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as head coach.
The last three campaigns have seen him score at least 20 goals consecutively, and he has earned the captaincy due to displays of desire and leadership that were vital in the fight for promotion.
Deeney is looking to impress in the top flight, and despite all the interest in him, it would be a surprise to see him leave Vicarage Road, and the club which showed faith in him to turn him into the player he is today.