Rafa Benitez has made an enquiry to sign Troy Deeney according to an exclusive from ESPN.
They say that their sources at the Watford end of things have told them that Newcastle United have made the approach for the striker.
Newcastle were actually first linked with the striker back in 2014, at that time he had scored 44 goals in his last 79 Championship starts for Watford.
Of course the Magpies were linked with any number of forwards that summer, as usual, eventually deciding to go with the ‘bargain’ signing of Emmanuel Riviere.
In the next three seasons Riviere scored one league goal, whilst Troy Deeney continued his goalscoring form, getting another 21 in 2014/15 to get Watford promoted and then 13 (36 starts) and 10 (31 starts) Premier League goals in the past two seasons.
He isn’t prolific at the top level but is a very good all round striker who has shown he can score in the Premier League and help those around him. As well as his goals, Deeney also has 11 Premier League assists over the past two seasons.
He’s had an interesting life/career, a tough upbringing and expelled from school, then given 10 months imprisonment for assaulting a group of students in 2012 and kicking one of them in the head. Watford stuck with him and Troy Deeney credits prison with helping to turn his life around and kickstart properly his football career.
In the past it has been claimed he was a Newcastle fan but having been born and growing up in the West Midlands it seems unlikely.
This season he has fallen out of favour and only started seven Premier League matches, scoring two goals, with Andre Gray first choice up front.
His last start saw him sent off in December against Huddersfield and picked up a four match ban which has just ended.
The striker has only one goal against Newcastle, scoring the only goal of the game (see above) when Watford beat Newcastle in the FA Cup in 2016.
In summer 2016 Watford put a £30m valuation on Troy Deeney as clubs such as Leicester City circled, the forward signing a new five year contract.
In June he turns 30 so you would imagine his valuation is now considerably less than that £30m figure.
Watford are in freefall since beating Newcastle 3-0 in November, losing seven of their nine matches and picking up just one win and a draw.
Only three points ahead of Newcastle it is impossible to think they would be doing a relegation rival any favours, so a loan would seem out of the question, especially as the player isn’t getting any younger.
I would have thought his value must still be around the £15m mark in today’s market despite his age and on decent Premier League wages, very difficult to see Mike Ashley allowing this type of deal, and that is if Rafa Benitez has any money to spend. The Chronicle reported on Wednesday that the United boss still doesn’t know what budget, if any, he has for January.
Undoubtedly though, Troy Deeney is the type of signing that would improve Newcastle’s team and add goals.