Date: 4th April 2017 at 7:13am
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With speculation the last few days about an apparent interest in Watford’s Troy Deeney come the summer from West Bromwich Albion, head coach Tony Pulis has poured cold water on that saying he doesn’t believe Watford would willingly do a deal for their skipper.

In light of the recent suggestions, their head coach Walter Mazzarri was back in the press himself the other day rubbishing the talk and pointing out Deeney was going nowhere and with Leicester reportedly offering £25million in the last window, if they were going to deal that would’ve been around the right price.

With West Brom heading to Vicarage Road for Tuesday evening’s action, Pulis was tasked on the topic himself in his pre game press conference and the Birmingham Mail have him quoted as saying that although he admires the striker and his abilities, he doesn’t believe trying to chase him would be the best use of our time over the summer.

‘I don`t think they`d want to sell him anyway. He didn`t play on Saturday and they won Saturday and played very well. But he has been a big influence at that football club and he has been a talisman over the last few years.’

Pulis went on to add about the 28 year old.

‘I`ve got a lot of time for Troy, he`s come through the lower leagues and it`s brilliant to see him in the Premier League. But he`s a Watford player, and I`ll show Watford respect. If we were going to do any business with any players I certainly wouldn`t be talking to you about them, I`d be talking to the clubs.’

With Pulis referencing that he missed their game at the weekend, he was actually on their bench as an unused substitute as he’d spent the last week of the international break out of training will illness. He does look like he comes back into contention for our tie though.

As for Deeney’s past, spending time in prison as a 23 year old, Pulis was sympathetic, instead pointing to how the player has turned his life around and become a top flight success and Deeney himself is on record pointing out that going to prison was ‘the best thing that ever happened’ to him because it sorted him out.

‘There`s lots of examples in football. A lot of these lads are working class lads, things have happened in early life, they`ve grown up, that`s what growing up is about. Becoming more mature, more focused and Troy has certainly done that. He`s had a smashing career and fair play to him.’

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