Oddly for a Saturday in the January transfer window fresh doses of rumour are thinner than Mark Lawrenson’s mane this morning, but the chunkiest of those doing the rounds may have a knock on effect for several Premier League clubs.
The substantial speculation in question refers to Watford striker Troy Deeney, with the Daily Mail reporting Tony Pulis to have enquired as to the striker’s availability.
His interest in the 26-year-old, who is into a third season operating at around a goal every other game in Hornets colours, has been interpreted in some quarters as a sign that the Baggies are preparing for life without Saido Berahino.
The England Under-21 international has long been linked with a move to Liverpool, while it’s thought that Tottenham are also keen on the Burundi-born assassin.
Pulis told the Mail that there has yet to be a formal approach for the Baggies’ most-prized asset, saying:
‘We’ve had no offers for Saido, he is scoring goals and is a pleasure to work with
‘He has been last off the training ground every day, working with Kempy (assistant Dave Kemp). He’s enjoyed what we’re trying to do.’
However, West Brom aren’t the only side interested in Deeney, with Swansea understood to be eyeing the Englishman as speculation about the Liberty Stadium futures of both Wifried Bony and Bafetimbi Gomis continues to mount.
The latter would be heir to the Ivorian’s starting spot if his move to Manchester City materialises, but suggestions that Gomis is disillusioned with life at the club have drawn interest from a host of Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace and Aston Villa.
Palace have reportedly been weighing up a club record bid for the former Lyon and France man.
However, much, it seems, may depend on the destination of Deeney, with the Swans unlikely to allow both their centre-forwards to leave in the same transfer window.