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Watford have not received any bids for Troy Deeney
Gianfranco Zola does not expect Troy Deeney to leave Watford this transfer window but accepts the club would have to consider any bid received.
Deeney’s performances in the last 18 months have enhanced his reputation considerably and he has scored four goals in his opening two games, which included the first Watford hat-trick for more than a decade.
The 25-year-old’s displays have resulted in some of the national media claiming Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, Fulham and Hull City are interested in the striker.
On Saturday – prior to the enhanced speculation – one journalist suggested Deeney’s form could lead to increased interest during the transfer window.
Zola replied: “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 doesn’t have a hands-on role when it comes to transfer dealings, which is left to technical director Gian Luca Nani and chief executive Scott Duxbury.
Watford refuse to comment on transfer stories but on Wednesday Zola said: “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 we need to wait and see what happens.”
There is an extensive interview with Deeney in today's Watford Observer. You can read an extract of the article here.
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