Leicester City's £20m bid for Troy Deeney rejected by Watford

Troy Deeney won it for Watford with two late goals
Image: Troy Deeney has been the subject of a bid from Leicester

Watford have rejected a bid in the region of £20m from Premier League champions Leicester City for captain Troy Deeney.

Leicester are looking to boost their attacking options and have targeted the Hornets striker, who scored 13 goals in his first season in the Premier League.

But Watford are determined to hang on to the 27-year-old, who has been with the club since 2010 and is closing on 100 goals since his arrival from Walsall.

The Foxes claimed their first Premier League title largely thanks to a combined 41 goals from Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez.

NORTHAMPTON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 21:  Troy Deeney of Walsall in action during the Coca Cola League One Match between Northampton Town and Walsall at
Image: Any Deeney transfer would earn a windfall for his former club Walsall, who he left for Watford in 2010

But Vardy's future at the King Power Stadium has been in doubt since the end of the season, with Arsenal reportedly ready to activate activate a £20m release clause in his contract.

Leonardo Ulloa was the only Leicester player other than Vardy and Mahrez to score more than five Premier League goals last season.

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League One side Walsall will be watching any move for Deeney with a great deal of interest, having sold him to Watford for a fee that rose to £650,000 when they were promoted to the Premier League.

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They are reported to have a 20 per cent sell-on clause on any profit Watford make on the striker, should their determination to keep hold of him waver.

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