Watford Boss Expects to Keep Hold of Highly Sought After Striker Troy Deeney Despite Premier League Interest

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Watford manager Gianfranco Zola expects to keep in-demand striker Troy Deeney at Vicarage Road despite speculated interest from the Premier League reports Sky Sports.

Deeney was on the again score-sheet yesterday as the Hornets secured a 3-3 draw away Reading to take his total for the new season to an impressive five goals in his three Championship appearances.

This blistering start has reportedly attracted attention from a whole host of Premier League sides including Tottenham, West Ham and Fuham with a number of scouts watching as he netted a hat-trick in their 6-1 win against Bournemouth last week.

However the Chelsea legend has now denied reports that any formal offers have been for the 25-year-old striker and he instead hopes that he remains at Vicarage Road for the foreseeable future.

Quizzed on whether the former Walsall’s striker fine form could result in increased interest, Zola said: “Well that could be a problem. But I’m relying on the fact that here he has a good environment and also that we can help him to improve. So I’m really expecting and hoping he’ll stay with us.”

Zola added: “There have been no bids as far as I know. I understand there will be speculation because he is a player who is doing well and there probably is interest in him.

“It is natural but I haven’t heard any more than the rumours I have read in newspapers.

“As manager, I would of course like him to stay but should there be a bid, I’m sure there will be other things to consider. At the moment, it is difficult to comment.

“He is an important player in the team and I would like to keep him with us but we need to wait and see what happens.”

Denney missed the start of last season for Watford after serving a prison sentence for affray but returned to inspire the Hornets into the play-offs with 20 goals and appears to have continued that excellent form into the new season.

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