Newcastle appear to be getting ever more strongly linked with a move for Watford’s Troy Deeney, United credited with interest in him for some time.

The Watford striker joined the club for £500,000 in 2010 and selling club Walsall inserted a sell-on clause which is being reported as 20% of any future sale price.

The press in the West Midlands are saying that the League One club are now very optimistic of banking a massive windfall in the very near future, with Walsall led to believe that Newcastle’s interest is genuine.

With Derby County reported to have bid twice for the player when Steve McClaren was manager, there could be some substance. Though claims by the West Midlands press that the last bid was around the £9m mark in January look way above the reports at the time, which suggested Derby were willing to offer £5m.

Troy Deeney turns  27 this month and as well as scoring at least 20 goals in each of the last three seasons in the Championship for Watford, he also captained them last season to promotion.

You would have to be sceptical that Watford are keen to cash in on their main goalscorer, but as Newcastle fans know to their cost, if a player wants to leave these days then they are likely to get their way.

If Newcastle do indeed put in a serious bid for Troy Deeney, then it will be yet another nail in the hope that Mike Ashley and Newcastle United are serious about committing significant money to the transfer market and targeting players with a proven record in the Premier League.

Fans of course are only worried about how players perform on the pitch, not how much they cost, but it would be very naive not to accept that a bigger fee and Premier League proven ability massively increase the odds of a player succeeding.

As for Walsall, no doubt they are praying that Deeney’s move becomes reality and they land the best part of £2m after a wait of five years.

If the striker did arrive then hopefully he will prove as popular as a previous Walsall old boy, David Kelly (pictured above) having started his career there before arriving at Newcastle, via West Ham and Leicester.