Watford captain Troy Deeney is offered to newly-promoted West Brom as he looks to stay in the Premier League… but Baggies boss Slaven Bilic wants a younger squad to lead their bid for promotion
- Watford striker Troy Deeney has been offered to newly-promoted West Brom
- Deeney stated his desire to remain in Premier League after Watford went down
- Slaven Bilic admires Deeney’s qualities but is eager to lower the age of his squad
Troy Deeney has been offered to West Brom in a move designed to keep the veteran forward in the Premier League.
Deeney, Watford’s captain, admitted after his side’s final day relegation that he was unsure about his future and raised the possibility that he would leave Vicarage Road after 10 years at the club.
The 32-year-old has been put forward as an option to Slaven Bilic but West Brom’s head coach – while he is an admirer of Deeney’s reputation – is anxious to lower the age of his squad.
Experienced Watford striker Troy Deeney has been offered to newly-promoted West Brom
For that reason, Bilic is also not interested in Brighton’s Shane Duffy, who has also been offered to the club.
The Croatian wants Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant, who scored 19 goals in 44 appearances last season, to bolster his strike force and is a huge fan of the 22-year-old.
Bilic, who took West Brom back into the Premier League at the first time of asking, is impatient to bolster his group with only two weeks to go before the start of the new campaign and was frustrated by the failure to sign Eberechi Eze from Queens Park Rangers.
West Brom boss Slaven Bilic admires Deeney’s qualities but wants to lower the age of his squad
Eze had been Bilic’s prime target for the window but Eze is expected to sign for Crystal Palace in £16million deal after the Selhurst Park club took decisive action.
Grady Diangana, who spent last season on loan at The Hawthorns, is another player Bilic – whose squad have been preparing at St George’s Park – wants in but, as yet, West Brom officials have not made contact with West Ham about discussing a new deal.
Bilic also wants West Brom to complete a loan deal for Filip Krovinovic, as they did last summer; the Croatian midfielder was key figure in the successful promotion push, playing 40 games.
Bilic is eager for West Brom to secure the signing of Huddersfield’s Karlan Grant in this window
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