Watford turn down Swansea bid for free-scoring striker

The Sunday Mirror are reporting that newly-promoted Watford have turned down a bid from Swansea City for star striker Troy Deeney as they try to hold on to one of their most prized assets.

The Hornets are keen for Deeney to spearhead their attack in the Premier League next season but are wary that a number of clubs retain an interest in the player and may look to prise him away from Vicarage Road before the campaign kicks off in August.

Swansea have signalled their intent to poach the hitman with a bid believed to be in the region of £11 million, while Newcastle are also expected to enter the fray as the Magpies push on with their plans to bring more home-grown talent to St James’s Park.

Since arriving from Walsall in 2010, 26-year-old Deeney has emerged as a fans’ favourite at Vicarage Road. Last season he became the first player in Watford history to score 20 or more goals in three consecutive seasons, and his last-gasp goal in the 2012/13 play-off semi-finals against Leicester City is considered one of the most iconic goals in the club’s history.