West Brom reignite interest in Watford striker Troy Deeney

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion have reignited their interest in Watford striker Troy Deeney but need to sell skipper Jonny Evans to fund the move.

Troy Deeney.

Deeney was a top target in the summer but his £30million price-tag put Albion off then.

Although the Baggies have since sacked Tony Pulis and replaced him with Alan Pardew, the new boss is just as keen on the deal.

The former Walsall striker still has three-and-a-half years left on his Watford contract but is expected to be cheaper during this window.

He has only started seven league games this season and Marco Silva has had to warn him about his disciplinary record.

However, Pardew will need to off-load Evans before making a bid.

“The position at this club financially is very tight,” admitted Pardew. “We might have to move a player out to bring players in.

“I’m saying we have to bring players in so it doesn’t take a lot of adding up then in terms of what we need to do.”

Asked if any incomings were close he said: “No, because we haven’t come close to getting anyone out.


"There are agents we’re in contact with to see what the picture is, is a player available on loan or sale only."

Evans is the most likely player to make way for a striker with both Arsenal and Manchester City interested, but Pardew has put a deadline on when the skipper must be sold by.

"I would say three or four days (before the window shut) depending on the business we have done,” he said.

“We might be looking to do some business on the last day if I feel it works for the club and is not harmful to us.


“I’m not saying I won’t do any transfer with three days to go but if it was a big transfer, one of the players who was very important to us and didn’t give us the time to execute our plan then no.

“It might be a situation where no one comes in and I’m going to have to react to that in terms of trying to come up with a strategy and a plan to get us the wins we desire. But the window is open and I’d like to take the opportunity if we can.”

Albion's wage bill is currently nearing it's limit thanks to the short term cost control aspect of Financial Fair Play.

It has left Pardew slightly hamstrung this window and in need to free up funds, but he's refusing to complain because he was aware of the situation when he joined the club in November.

“It’s not something that wasn’t made clear to me when I signed here to try and turn the situation around," he said. “I’ll not sit here and say I was promised things. It’s not true.

“I’ve been unfortunate that (Nacer) Chadli’s gone missing for such a long time since I’ve been here. I expected him to be in and around the team.

“That’s a blow in terms of our imagination on the pitch, I expected (James) Morrison to be back by now.

“That has further caused me to look at the squad and go ‘wow, we’ve got to get someone in’."

Pardew's men host Brighton and Hove Albion at The Hawthorns this weekend, and the new boss admitted it was a huge game for the Baggies, who won their first match in more than four months last weekend but are still 20 without a win in the league.

"I think we are at a critical point in the season, yes," he admitted. "It is not lost on us as a group and a club.

"I don’t think if we lost this game that would mean we will get relegated, by any means. There are far too many games left for that. But it is a crucial game."

Walsall are entitled to 20 per cent of any profit Watford make on Deeney after selling him to the them for £500,000 in 2010.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.


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