Report: Celtic interested in signing Troy Deeney before Tuesday transfer deadline

By John McGinley

August 29, 2021

Celtic are exploring options to sign long-serving Watford attacker Troy Deeney before Tuesday’s transfer deadline, The Sunday Mirror reports. [29/08 print edition, page 66]

The paper says that his boyhood club Birmingham City are also in the mix for his signature and are willing to offer him a long-term deal.

However, Celtic are keen on giving him an exit route from Watford, where his contract expires at the end of the season.

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Deeney is a player with immense experience and is one of the most recognisable personalities in English football, having scored at League One, Championship and top-flight levels.

Over the years he’s netted 140 goals and assisted 62 times in 419 appearances for Watford, becoming a club legend in the process. [Transfermarkt]

Now 33, he’s coming to the tail-end of his career but could still provide a potent attacking presence in Scottish football. Last season he scored seven Championship goals in 19 appearances, helping Watford gain promotion.

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The Athletic have reported Watford could be willing to scrub the final year of his contract, meaning he’d effectively be available for nothing.

Deeney has been on Celtic’s transfer radar before, albeit years and years ago. Former boss Neil Lennon admitted on the radio a couple of months ago that he’d been targeted as a potential signing during his first spell as manager.

It all seems rather far-fetched this time around too, especially with reports of an imminent move for Greek striker Georgios Giakoumakis.

Still, never rule anything out at the end of a transfer window!

In other news, Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou explains Kyogo decision in derby.