The Foxes are building their squad ahead of their return to the Premier League, and have identified Deeney’s goals as a way of keeping them in England’s top flight division. The Watford forward has been prolific in the Championship, scoring a combined total of 44 league goals in the last two seasons.
Fellow promoted club Burnley have also shared an interest in the striker, who was in prison for two-and-a-half months back in 2012 after being convicted of affray. But after being released early, the 26-year-old came back to Watford to score plenty of goals for the Hornets.
Leicester are keen to add goals to their side, despite offering David Nugent a 2-year-extension at the King Power Stadium. As well as chasing Deeney, Nigel Pearson is looking to sign Leonardo Ulloa for £7million, which would break the club’s transfer record set 14 years ago, when the Foxes bought Ade Akinbiyi from Wolves for £5million.
The club are set for a tough start in the Premier League next season, with Pearson’s men to face Everton, Chelsea, Arsenal, Stoke and Manchester United in their first 5 fixtures. The Foxes could need all the goals they could get, and Deeney could be the man to secure a few shock results in the opening games of the season.