Swansea City and Newcastle United are set to battle-it-out in the transfer market for the services of newly-promoted Watford striker Troy Deeney, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The 26-year-old, rated at around £15m, is said to be willing to listen to offers despite the Hornets promotion to the top-flight, with both Swansea and Newcastle ready to make a move as they look to improve their attacking force.
Newcastle boss Steve McClaren sees the Watford captain as an ideal recruit, with the former Derby County manager aiming to bring in two new strikers to Tyneside this summer. Deeney is on a shortlist of candidates, which is said to include West Brom’s Saido Berahino, Wolfsburg ace Bas Dost and QPR’s Charlie Austin.
However, the Magpies face stiff competition from Swansea City, who still have money to spend following the sale of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City in January- and Garry Monk intends to provide assistance up-top to Bafetimbi Gomis.
Whilst Watford intend to keep their captain, they are unlikely to stand in Deeney’s way if he reveals his ambition to leave but they will ensure they get the maximum price for his services.