The Birmingham Mail reported a couple of days ago about West Ham United’s interest to sign Liverpool striker, Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge has fallen behind in the pecking order under the stewardship of Jurgen Klopp. It is perceived that Sturridge is keen to leave Anfield in search of regular game time, for he is desirous to make it to the plane to Russia for the World Cup later this year.
However, Hertfordshire Mercury, in one of its latest reports, has stated that the Hammers have put Watford striker, Troy Deeney on their radar as well. Deeney has emerged as an option in case David Moyes’ side fail to lure Sturridge to the London Stadium before the January transfer window shuts down. Moyes is desperate to add some spice to his attacking arsenal and given that some of his key attackers are out injured, he definitely needs to bring a quality striker.
Deeney would be quite a decent signing for the former Manchester United manager, for he is someone who can inject quality and experience into his ranks. The 29-year-old was an instrumental player for the Hornets until the 2016-17 campaign. However, he was serially overlooked by Watford’s ex-manager, Marco Silva, before the latter got sacked earlier this month. Silva’s successor, Javi Gracia, is still unsure about what the future has in store for Deeney at the Vicarage Road. Besides, the striker didn’t train with his club this week due to illness.
So far this season, the former Walsall man has mustered merely 15 appearances to his name, out of which 7 were cameos off the bench. If West Ham United fail in their endeavour to sign Sturridge, the Irons are perceived to be willing to pounce upon Deeney and it would make complete sense if they do so. He is a strong centre-forward who is a perfect target man inside the box and his ability to hold the ball in the final third is simply scrumptious.
Deeney works tirelessly throughout the pitch, is good with his movements on and off the ball and is quite clinical. He has the tendency to create chances and space for his teammates and given that he is someone who is well acclimatised with English football, there is no dearth of his admirers. It would be interesting to see what happens from here onwards as Deeney’s move to West Ham United hinges on whether Sturridge is lured by Moyes’ side or not.
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