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.

  • TheNutJob

    The Ayatollah won`t sanction that
    not way Jose

    • paul mclaughlan

      I remember when Barton referred to Ashley as an “Ayatollah” on Twitter. An Ayatollah is a spiritual leader and I doubt we’d ever describe the pie man as that. I did point that out to Barton at the time. Although he never acknowledged me back.

      • Kneebotherm8

        Well Ashley likes a few spirits in between his pints on a night oot,mebbees that’s what Barton was on aboot.

      • HappyToons

        I think you are mistaken. The term ‘Ayatollah’ isn’t a spiritual leader according to Christianity and also because of the behaviour of Khamenei, the term in the west ‘Ayatollah’ is used as understandable slang to demonstrate someone who has become a dictator just like Khamenei…see BBC below as an example of that particular dictator.

        Profile: Iran’s ‘unremarkable’ supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei
        By James Reynolds
        BBC Iran correspondent
        4 August 2011

        “He changed from a man who fought for freedom to a dictator, now Mr Khamenei is more of a dictator than a shah,” he said.
        “If you met him now what would you say to him?” I asked.
        “First I say, ‘I don’t know you. Who are you Mr Khamenei?’ Because when you [become] a dictator your ears are closed, your eyes are blind – you can’t see anything and you can’t hear anything.”

        So I think the above demonstrates that a particular Ayatollah was a dictator and just like in the west when we say someone is behaving like a ‘Pope’, we quickly gather the meaning!

        We in the UK need to understand what our own Christian heritage actually is, that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh, therefore if HE is, then other world religions cannot be on the same road if they have a ‘different’ Jesus? The Ayatollah would portray their false ‘jesus’ as only an inferior prophet.
        ” your ears are closed, your eyes are blind – you can’t see anything and you can’t hear anything.” That is also the man who is not converted ‘spiritually’ …he can never ‘see’ spiritual truth.

        The only ‘spiritual’ men according to the Bible and according to the God Man Jesus Christ, are those who have been born of the spirit. So any religious leader from Pope to Priest to any cleric or guru is simply a blind leader of the blind and not in any way ‘spiritual’ as defined by God Himself! There can only be one way and one truth and Jesus has made that claim which no other religion can tolerate? John 14: 6

        So that would be the response of Christianity re: ‘spiritual’ leaders, but not necessarily from today’s false liberal modern Bible denying clerics and Bishops and priests. Here’s a couple of relevant scriptures on what is ‘spiritual’. I am not seeking a debate, simply it is good to see what Christianity really has to say about ‘religions’ and what being born of the Spirit means’!!!

        1 Corinthians 2:14King James Version (KJV)
        14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

        John 3King James Version (KJV)
        3 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
        2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
        3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
        4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?
        5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
        6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
        7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
        8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

        • paul mclaughlan

          Hahah. Taking yourself a tad serious there. 😂

        • paul mclaughlan

          Ps I’m an atheist so don’t believe in your Christian/whatever religious values you hold.

        • Coach Clagnut

          As Stevie Wonder once sang, ” superstition ain’t the way “.

        • Wor Lass

          Did you beget Clarko?

  • NUFCDan

    Watford aren’t exactly poor so no way they’d sell him to a relegation rival for anything other than £20m+ funny money which we’d never pay. Next.

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Underwhelming.. after slating Mitrovic he goes for a player serving his second red card ban this season AND he’s played most of his football off the bench … 29 year old as well .. imagine going after this standard of footballer when Ings and Wallcott are available!!

  • ghostrider

    If this is true it’s so baffling it makes my head hurt.
    A large transfer fee and very big wages for a 30 year old who’s got more potential by a mile of causing much more of an issue with ref’s than Mitrovic ever would and yet Rafa trusts in Deeney and not in Mitrovic.

    Is it because Deeney has a bit more pace?
    It’s literally baffling.

    • thewildchimp

      Probably just a rumor. I mean… I hope so…

  • LEE

    i’m really worried about Rafas judgment on players, Walcot Deeney, ings, are not what we need, injury prone players or old player, hmmm.
    his track record isn’t great too, he wasted 30 million in the summer, just to buy players.

    • StevieB

      Who would you go for then that the top 6 don’t want ?

    • robbersdog

      Walcott would be the best player in our team. But if you don’t rate him, you don’t have to worry – he’s on about £100k per week, so he won’t be arriving on Tyneside any time soon.

      • Mitros gotta start

        Plus the fact wet spam everton and southampton are after him….all of which are more attractive options than us

    • hetonmag

      The point is he had to shop at Aldi when he should be shopping at Harrods.

      • Kneebotherm8

        He was shopping at Asda,or Charnley was,and we ended up with whoopsees.

      • LEE

        who asked him to shop there ?
        he complains that Joselu cost 5 mill, Mitro cost 13 and He refuses to play him not me or or all the fans who would give him a chance.

    • HarryHype59

      Not to mention the £15m wasted last year on Hanley, Sels and Lazaar! Those three barely kicked a ball in anger for us!

  • Virsino

    The fact you guys are even arguing about rafas judgement and thrust in a player that isn’t even at our club speaks volumes. #OMG

  • TheFatController

    Hey, maybe there’s no truth in this?

    Wow, someone at Watford off the record said we’d approached them. Conclusive proof i think we can all agree.

    It’s not like it could be a transfer rumour that’s completely unfounded but would get reactions on the internet that assumed he was about to be revealed at a press conference sat with Rafa….

  • Mitros gotta start

    I would be livid if Rafa the liar got rid of mitro and replaced him with deeney….its bound to happen

    • Pozz Mozz

      Incredible the filth you lot spew everyday

      • Mitros gotta start

        Which part oh wise one?

      • Kneebotherm8

        Play Mitrovic……….or better still sell him and he might start supporting the club he’s sold to……..

    • Andrew Bryant

      That forward. Troy Deeney .KEEP HIM AWAY FROM NEWCASTLE

  • robbersdog

    In our present situation, Deeney is about the best we can hope for. I would be quite happy to have him at our club as he’s definitely an upgrade on Joselu.

    • Mitros gotta start

      And a huge downgrade on mitrovic

      • robbersdog

        Mitrovic is one of, if not THE biggest earner at NUFC. I doubt very much that Deeney earns a higher salary.

        Also, Deeney has a proven track record of scoring goals at this level in this country, whilst Mitrovic certainly does not. I like Mitrovic’s passion, but he’s too slow and isn’t clinical enough. And more to the point, Rafa’s our manager, he doesn’t rate Mitrovic and it’s better for all concerned if he was moved on.

        • thewildchimp

          Mitro was our second highest scorer in 2015/16. One behind Wijnaldum, who scored 4 in a single match against Norwich. Whilst having much less game time. At the age of 21.
          Scored 6 in the World Qualifiers (average of 0.76 per 90′), 1 assist, 76% successful passes.
          I mean: come on… Leave him alone, will ya?

          On a side note you’d rather take Deeney?

          “Watford FC striker Troy Deeney, 23, was recorded by CCTV cameras kicking one of the victims in the head.
          One man suffered a broken jaw and another required 20 stitches as a result of the brawl in Broad Street.”

          And he is obviously still a hothead.

    • 1957

      At what price though…an upgrade on the Hoss but as much of a disciplinary liability as Mitrovic is supposed to be. He doesn’t warrant a fee anywhere near Watfords reported valuation.

    • Mitros gotta start

      So is nile ranger….should we go for him aswell?

      • robbersdog

        I’m sure that you’re the only NUFC fan in the world who believes that there’s a valid comparison to be made between Joselu and a talentless, criminal lowlife like Ranger.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Yeah….you’re right….silly comparison….ranger gets way more goals than the hoss

          • robbersdog

            Yeah? So who does he score all those goals for? I mean…he’s just been sacked by a team in the third tier of English football. Mind you, he did make 28 Premier League appearances, and he managed to score…one goal!

            Nice try, but no cigar.

  • Paul Patterson

    Could we not just tempt Peter Crouch to jump ship for the rest of the season? His club are in a worse state that we are . .

    • 1957

      Would the manager sanction that after getting the Hoss in the summer…might look like he made a mistake

      • Paul Patterson

        I’m sure Joselu was only bought because he thought there were no other options left to buy at that stage and it was a case of just getting a body in.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Doesnt explain why Rafa the liar starts him every chance he gets regardless of form

    • Rich Lawson

      I think he’s just had a contract extension at 37 there , so no loan move,he didn’t look much cop against us the other day.Any move would presumably be his last,so he would want top dollar and a 2 year contract to see his career out ? We can do better and prob’ not much happening at Stoke until they give the manager the ”vote of confidence”

  • Simon Ritter

    Having watched Gray squander a load of chances against us this season, I reckon Watford would be mad to ditch Deeney, whatever his recent problems. Without Richarlison, Watford would be in much deeper trouble.

  • Alreet

    Id rather not. Hes a dirty player and a thug. The less bad press the better for us.

    Danny ings or a loan for michy would be my preference

    • Mitros gotta start

      Ings staying at the dippers

  • X,WHY,Y MAN.

    I would definitely have him and he is much better than Carthorselu.

  • Essex_Toon

    We have to go for him. He’d be a huge upgrade on Jos and Mitro. Deeney’s shown he can be more of a role model in recent years, despite his chequered past.

    Our senior striker should lead by example like Deeney. Not like Jos.

  • HarryHype59

    Deeny could be a semi decent loan signing!

  • Leazes

    Why are you intent on filling our ranks with utter cr*p?

    I had a look at his records and you’ve explained what transfermarkt has called a ‘career break’…. it was a prison term lol.

    Not part of a ‘Rafalution’ unless by the phrase you mean turning the clock back to the dark ages.