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Deeney hints at Tottenham interest after rejecting Watford exit

Watford captain Troy Deeney isn’t ready to be a back-up striker yet, amid interest from Tottenham and other Premier League clubs this summer.

After Watford were relegated from the Premier League last season, Deeney was heavily linked with a move during the most recent transfer window.

West Brom were tracking the 32-year-old, while Tottenham were also credited with a shock move and Deeney this morning hinted their interest was genuine.

“I saw Jose [Mourinho] at the Watford vs Spurs game pre-season. That’s all I will say,” he told talkSPORT.

Deeney, however, ended up staying at Vicarage Road for a season in the Championship and he has revealed part of the reasoning behind that is he still wants to play every week.

“I’m 32. A lot of clubs were looking for a different style of striker as a back up,” he said when asked about interest in him this summer.

“Obviously everyone wants to play a certain way, but when you get into certain moments you need someone to hold it up or if you are losing a game go long.

“There were a lot of talks. Some things materialised, some things didn’t. The ones that were getting closer you start thinking are you ready to go back to the Premier League to be a bit-part player.

“I’ve been at Watford ten years and then you start weighing the options of calling it a day. When you get into that mould of being a super sub you can’t go back.”

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