Birmingham City have entered talks over a deal to bring Troy Deeney to St. Andrew’s.
That’s according to a report by The Athletic, who claim that the Blues and Watford are in discussions regarding a deal for the Hornets club captain, with all parties believed to be keen to find an amicable conclusion for the transfer of the 33-year-old.
The report continues by stating that Xisco Munoz’s side may even be willing to release the centre-forward from the last year of his current contract, which would allow Birmingham to effectively sign Deeney on a free transfer.
It is also claimed that, following the arrivals of Emmanuel Dennis, Joshua King, Ashley Fletcher and Cucho Hernandez at Vicarage Road this summer, the veteran forward is keen to secure a move away from the Premier League side in search of regular playing time.
And, when questioned on Saturday regarding his side’s link with Deeney, Lee Bowyer said: “Troy is a good player, he is a good striker, scores goals, works hard for his team. I know him, I have met him a couple of times, he seems like a winner.”
While both knee and Achilles tendon injuries limited Deeney’s appearances in Watford’s promotion-winning campaign last term, with the 33-year-old featuring in just 19 Championship fixtures for the Hornets, the centre-forward’s signing would nevertheless appear to be a major coup for Bowyer’s side this summer.
Despite his lack of game time last season, the £2.25m-rated still managed to bag seven goals and provide three assists in the league, while his returns in previous – and less injury-plagued – campaigns clearly illustrates the striker’s ability to find the back of the net on a regular basis.
Indeed, over his 27 Premier League appearances in 2019/20, the £65k-per-week forward bagged ten goals and provided two assists. He also netted nine goals and registered five assists over 32 top-flight fixtures in 2018/19, fired five strikes and two assists over 29 appearances in 2017/18 and then he managed ten goals and four assists over 37 matches in 2016/17.
To cap things off, the power forward racked up a whopping 13 goals and eight assists back in 2016/17.
As such, it is evident that, despite his advancing years, Deeney is a player who still boasts the goalscoring ability to play a major role for a side in the Championship, with his potential arrival at Birmingham undoubtedly providing Bowyer will a boost to his side’s chances of mounting a push for a play-off spot this season.