Everton and West Bromwich Albion are lining up a move for Watford striker Troy Deeney, according to the The Sun, as Ronald Koeman and Tony Pulis look to strengthen their respective attacks before the end of the summer transfer window.
The Toffees boss has made it apparent that he would like to boost his attacking options by adding an experienced centre forward to his ranks and the Hornets captain would fit the bill, with 76 Premier League appearances to his name.
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With the arrival of club-record signing Andre Gray up front, Deeney faces as a battle to remain manager Marco Silvaâ€™s first choice to lead Watfordâ€™s attack and was an unused substitute during their 2-0 victory away to Bournemouth last week.
On Saturday, the skipper replaced the former Burnley man for the final few minutes of the Vicarage Road outfit’s clash with newly-promoted Brighton & Hove Albion, but was unable to find the breakthrough for the Hornets, with the match ending goalless.
Whilst a move to Everton would be a step up in the 29-year-oldâ€™s career, it is unlikely that he would be Koemanâ€™s automatic starter either, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and young Dominic Calvert-Lewin all battling for a place in the starting XI at Goodison Park.
Deeneyâ€™s impressive hold-up play and ability to bully opposition defenders is likely to appeal to the Dutchman, who lost the physical prowess of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United last month.
Everton may face stiff competition for the Englishmanâ€™s signature from rivals West Brom, with Pulis reportedly keen to bring the former Walsall man to the Hawthorns.
The Baggies have had an impressive summer window so far, bringing in the likes of Gareth Barry and Jay Rodriguez, whilst 20-year-old Scotland international Oliver Burke completed a move from German outfit RB Leipzig earlier this week.
West Brom were overly reliant on Salomon Rondon in the final third last season but it now appears that the club have more options in the final third – while Deeney’s addition would further add to this.