Report: Allardyce lines up top January target, wants Watford's Troy Deeney to join Everton

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Everton are reportedly keen on Watford striker Troy Deeney.

Watford captain Troy  Deeney in action during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Watford at The Hawthorns on September 30, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

According to ESPN, Everton are making Watford striker Troy Deeney one of their top January transfer targets as new manager Sam Allardyce begins work at Goodison Park.

The Toffees kicked off the Allardyce era with a 2-0 home win over Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, with Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin found the net to earn Allardyce all three points.

Despite starting with a win, Allardyce will almost certainly be using the next month to analyse his squad and plot potential signings in the January transfer window.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton during the Premier League match between Everton and Huddersfield Town at Goodison Park on December 2, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

ESPN now report that Allardyce has made Watford striker Troy Deeney a top target for the January window, with the new Everton boss keen to bring in another striker.

Everton failed to replace Romelu Lukaku following his big-money summer move to Manchester United, and Allardyce is unsurprisingly looking for a proven centre forward to lead the line.

Deeney, 29, fits the bill given that he has scored 108 goals in 313 games for Watford, captaining the side whilst becoming a firm fan favourite at Vicarage Road since a 2010 move from Walsall.

A dejected Troy Deeney of Watford applauds the home fans following their team's 1-0 defeat during the Premier League match between Watford and Liverpool at Vicarage Road on May 1, 2017 in...

A burly striker with great work rate and strength, Deeney has been in and out of the Watford side this season following the signature of Andre Gray, starting just four Premier League games.

It now seems that Deeney is a top target for Allardyce, and he will look to capitalise on his lack of regular starts by offering him a big move to Goodison Park in January.

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