Watford striker Troy Deeney is a cult figure at Vicarage Road – but speculation is mounting that he could be on the move this summer.
According to a report in the Mirror, the Hornets have rejected a £20 million bid from Leicester City for the 29-year-old, who has racked up more than 300 appearances during a seven-year stay in Hertfordshire.
Deeney commands legendary status at Watford after spearheading their journey to the Premier League, with 21 goals in the Championship as they finished runners-up to Bournemouth in 2015.
Leicester have long been linked with Deeney and the Mirror claims that he is manager Craig Shakespeare’s top priority in the transfer market.
With doubts surrounding the future of Riyad Mahrez, the Foxes are on the lookout for a goalscorer who can help them improve on last season’s mid-table Premier League finish.
Deeney signed a new five-year-deal with Watford last summer to warn off potential suitors, but there is a growing belief that new Hornets’ manager Marco Silva may be happy to cash in on a player who has netted 23 Premier League goals in the past two campaigns.
Deeney had been tipped for an England call-up early last season, but he fell out of favour under Walter Mazzarri and had to make do with a cameo role from the bench for the latter stages.
The Birmingham-born forward is renowned as a true professional and one of the hardest workers in football.
His physicality makes him a real handful for defenders, while his natural ability as a finisher is another hallmark of his game.
Despite having had an initial bid turned down, Leicester seem determined to land their man and are expected to return with an improved offer, which may be enough to persuade Watford to sell.