Watford captain Troy Deeney wants move to Leicester City this summer, but will only do so if he is guaranteed a starting role at the Premier League champions next season, The Football Pyramid understands.
Deeney has been heavily linked with a move to the King Power Stadium throughout the summer, with the Foxes widely known to have made two bids for the Hornets striker.
Both offers – said to be in the region of £20-25million – have been turned down by the Hertfordshire club, with Watford’s hierarchy maintaining the 27-year-old, who notched 15 goals in all competitions last season, is not for sale at any price.
However, though those in power at Vicarage Road have refused to entertain the idea of selling their skipper to the Premier League holders, Deeney himself, it is understood, wants to join Claudio Ranieri’s side this summer.
But before committing to a move away, Watford’s No.9, we understand, wants assurances over being a first choice pick at the East Midlands’ club, who, despite managing to convince Jamie Vardy to stay at the club, still want to sign the Hornets’ hit-man.
Competition for places will certainly be a lot tougher at Leicester than at his current club, with Vardy a certain starter having written his own legend at the King Power Stadium, and Shinji Okazaki an extremely talented and important component of Ranieri’s side.
With the first choice duo supplemented by Leonardo Ulloa, Deeney’s arrival would take Leicester to four senior strikers as they begin their first ever Champions League campaign.
It is plain to see why the Watford goal-grabber wants promises over a starting role.
However, considering what Leicester’s current striking department achieved last year, it seems a somewhat misguided move from Deeney, who fired the Hornets to safety along with Odion Ighalo, to demand such a role.
But a potential deal could be made more straightforward should Ulloa – who is attracting interest from Crystal Palace and West Brom – depart for either side in search of more regular game time, which does seem unlikely given what Leicester are about to enjoy in 2016/17.
A big fish in a little pond at Watford where he is an essential part of the club on and off the pitch, Deeney, naturally, doesn’t want to give up a key playing role under new Hornets boss Walter Mazzarri for a bit part one with Ranieri’s Foxes.
The potential move to the Champions will therefore hinge on whether he can secure guarantees of the starting role he desires.
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