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Leicester City’s £20 Million Bid For Premier League Striker Rejected

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM - MAY 01: Claudio Ranieri, manager of Leicester City reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on May 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Watford have rejected a bid in the region of £20 million from Premier League champions Leicester City for the Hornets’ captain Troy Deeney, according to the Mirror.

Leonardo Ulloa was the only Leicester player other than Jamie Vardy and PFA Players’ Player of the Year, Riyad Mahrez to score more than five Premier League goals last season, and with the departure of Andrej Kramaric to Hoffenheim, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri is looking for an additional goal threat to strengthen his squad.

Leicester made three bids of up to £12 million for Deeney in 2014, ahead of their Premier League return, but all three were rejected and Leicester looked elsewhere. Their interest in the striker is, however, thought to have been reignited after Deeney enjoyed a fine debut Premier League season.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 15:  Troy Deeney of Watford and Lamine Kone of Sunderland compete for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Sunderland at Vicarage Road on May 15, 2016 in Watford, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Deeney guided Watford to a 13th place finish and an FA Cup semi-final appearance, scoring 13 goals and providing seven assists, all for strike partner Odion Ighalo.

The former Walsall striker is being targeted to complement, not replace, last season’s 24-goal top scorer Jamie Vardy. Leicester will be hoping they can form a formidable partnership.

The Foxes are keen to bolster their squad as they bid to defend their Premier League crown, and compete in the Champions League next season.

WATFORD, ENGLAND - APRIL 30:  Troy Deeney of Watford celebrates scoring his team's third goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Watford and Aston Villa at Vicarage Road on April 30, 2016 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Deeney, who signed a five-year contract last summer, is understood to be happy at Vicarage Road, but the allure of Champions League football could tempt the 27-year-old to make the move, and, according to the aforementioned tabloid, he ‘wants’ to head north to Leicester.

Walsall, Deeney’s former club, will be hopeful the move does materialise. Having sold him to Watford for £500,000 in 2010, it’s believed they have a 20 per cent sell-on clause on any profit Watford make on the striker and the League One side could be in a for a significant windfall.

Steven Parkhill, Pundit Arena

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