Steve McClaren Wants Watford Striker At Newcastle

Newcastle United were linked with Troy Deeney last summer, when we were trying to bring in a striker to replace Loic Remy, but we didn’t bring one in late in the transfer window, and we paid for a lack of firepower up front all season.

So since we’ve been linked with every other striker this summer, it’s probably not surprising that Newcastle are said to be keen to sign Deeney this summer – according to ESPN.

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Troy Deeney – Watford striker

ESPN are reporting that sources they have at Newcastle are telling them Newcastle want Troy Deeney on Tyneside.

Deeney scored 21 goals in 43 games last season, and in the last four seasons at Watford he’s scored 78 goals in 180 appearances.

Deeney is said to cost around £10M – and if this report is true, it seems that Newcastle may already be dropping down to the secondary striker targets we have – and if that’s true that wouldn’t be good.

ESPN is reporting that Steve McClaren has watched the Watford striker many times while he managed Derby in the Championship, and is an admirer of the 6′ tall striker who has been consistent in his scoring for Watford over the last four years.

Newcastle are trying to bring in two strikers this summer, so perhaps Troy is the second striker and Newcastle are still after top targets Charlie Austin, Bas Dost and Saido Berahino, although they would probably cost (a lot) more than Deeney.

At the beginning of May, after Watford had been promoted, Troy said he was hoping that Newcastle would stay in the Premier League:

“I’m a Birmingham City fan.” “But the one I want to play, I hope they stay up, is actually Newcastle away” “I’m a bit old school. I love fans, I love 50,000 fans giving you so much grief.”

“They’re going to be giving me loads of stick, so I just love that kind of feeling when you score and they hate it, there’s nothing better.”

“It’s a sad state of affairs at Newcastle, to be fair, from the outside looking in.” “I think the last couple of games that I’ve watched, it’s the way they’re losing.”

“It’s not a case of they’re losing by great goals, it doesn’t look like there’s a lot of fight in there.” “And that’s just from the outside looking in.”

Newcastle seem to have thought the drop in the league in the second half of the season was due to John Carver’s poor coaching and (very) poor man-management, and he was sacked along with his assistant Steve Stone.

We wonder if Troy Deeney would like to score at St. James Park – for Newcastle United?

What do you think?

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