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Would a move to Leicester City revitalise Watford striker Troy Deeney?

Rob Meech



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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.

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A move up the M1 to Leicester may be the tonic Deeney needs to revitalise his career. Watford hold a special place in his heart after achieving the holy grail of promotion to the Premier League, but a fresh challenge at a club that was playing in the Champions League last season may be appealing. He would complement England hitman Jamie Vardy in attack and a successful partnership with him could revive his international ambitions.

Rob is a freelance writer, specialising in football, who previously worked as a sports journalist at the Dorset Echo. A long-standing AFC Bournemouth supporter, Rob can often be found on the terraces at the Vitality Stadium. Follow him on Twitter - @RobMeech

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Leicester would regret replacing Claude Puel in summer overhaul



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Last summer, many were shocked by Southampton‘s decision to sack Claude Puel after the Frenchman led the Saints to the Carabao Cup final and a midtable finish. With his former club now languishing and struggling to fight off relegation, history could be about to repeat itself.

The Telegraph believe that dressing room discontent could lead to the club’s owners replacing the manager at the conclusion of the season ahead of a major summer overhaul of the squad.

Their report states that Puel’s frequent chopping and changing of the team with no explanation to key members of the squad has led to some strained relationships, isolating the 56-year-old from his players.

Puel was appointed in October, replacing Craig Shakespeare after a woeful start to the campaign left the club in jeopardy of relegation, and made an immediate impact. In the second half of the season though, things have gone off the rails.

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It’s true that results have become less impressive and the style of play in recent weeks has frustrated fans, with recent turgid draws against the likes of Swansea, Stoke and Southampton not helping matters as the pace and excitement of the early weeks of his reign has vanished.

In the summer, the £80 million invested was expected to see the Foxes challenge for Europe, but given the situation when Puel was appointed it was an unrealistic aim for him to still achieve that.

For the coach, his impact was clear and if voices are dissenting in the dressing room, then with a summer overhaul on the cards that may no longer be an issue should he route out the disruptive influences who were previously accused of being key to Claudio Ranieri’s demise.

Puel has shown an admiral ability to stabilise a club and summer of change needs a manager who can do just that. Stepping in to replace him with another man would point to a short term vision that Leicester need to move away from if they really are to compete for European football.

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West Ham and Leicester should pounce for Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri



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One player certain to be on the move this summer is Stoke City midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who will put an end to an unhappy spell at the bet365 Stadium, but could still stay in the Premier League to West Ham or Leicester.

Sky Bet offer odds as low as 1/10 that Shaqiri will depart this summer, with West Ham the leading Premier League club in the betting at 8/1 and Leicester City not far behind at 10/1.

That’s not to say that a stay in England is certain, particularly given that the two Milan clubs are favourites with Inter at 6/1 and AC Milan at 13/2, with Lyon also in the running at 8/1 level with the Hammers.

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The winger has not hidden his disappointment with the team’s struggles this season and the Potters now face an uphill battle if they are to avoid relegation from the top flight.

The Swiss international will not entertain the idea of playing second tier football after a decorated career has previously seen him play for the likes of Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Having failed to live up to expectations since Mark Hughes brought him to England in 2015, he may be keen to make the move abroad, but with finances likely to be more attractive to remain in the Premier League he may not rule out such a move.

Leicester could be forced to sign a replacement for Riyahd Mahrez whilst West Ham will also be looking for options out wide when Joao Mario’s loan spell comes to an end.

His pace, power and strength could catch the eye of both sides but they will have their work cut out to convince him to remain in England this summer.

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Tottenham would be the perfect move for Leicester star Demarai Gray



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Having failed in their bid to bring Demarai Gray to Wembley for the 2017/18 season, Tottenham could be reigniting the interest in the hope of signing the young winger ahead of their move to New White Hart Lane.

Reports originating from ESPN say that Spurs are looking to sign the England under 21 captain after Leicester City refused to do business for the former Birmingham man in the past.

Gray’s form has not been as convincing as some may have hoped for this season, with just four goals and three assists from 39 appearances in all competitions, but that has not put Daniel Levy and company off.

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Demarai Gray has found his game time limited of late, despite only missing three Premier League games to date this season. Since the turn of the year, the winger has made only four starts for the Foxes and may relish an opportunity to be trusted more regularly, particularly at a club like Tottenham.

Working under Mauricio Pochettino would undoubtedly be a huge draw given his reputation for developing young players. That is believed to be key to his interest in Gray, who could follow in the footsteps of the likes of Eric Dier and Dele Alli in joining the club and going on to become regulars in the Premier League and for England.

Leicester will not be keen to part ways with one of their most exciting young talents and will command a huge price, which may put Levy off, but there are few English players in his age range with such potential and if anyone could justify such a fee, it may well be Gray.

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