Arsenal fans react with disbelief on Twitter to news of £20m move for Watford's Troy Deeney
Published 05/01/2016 | 14:16
Arsene Wenger is ready to poach one of his Premier League rivals for one of their leading stars - but the club in question might not be on the tip of your tongue.
Yes, Arsenal are said to be prepared to splash out £20m to sign a former Walsall striker who lead Watford to promotion out of the Championship last season and has been continuing his scoring spree this season.
Do you still not know who we're talking about? Mr Troy Deeney of course.
Wenger, according to the Star, is a big fan of the "powerhouse striker" who has caught the eye recently by striking six goals in 11 appearances.
Arsenal want to bolster their frontline and are keen to recruit a player who can score goals at the top level - and Deeney it appears fits that bill.
Watford will not want to sell their captain, but the report adds that a bid in the region of £20m could be too hard to resist. The 27-year-old, however, did sign a five-year contract with the Hornets back in the summer.
Deeney, alongside Odion Ighalo, have created a formidable strike force in the Premier League this season with the latter scoring 14 goals in 20 appearances.
Some Arsenal plans have taken to social media to voice their disbelief at the Deeney rumours:
Within 3 days the reports for Arsenal have gone from signing Aubameyang to Troy Deeney.— Usman (@KhanUR1983) January 5, 2016
This Troy Deeney news should better be a joke. Not near Arsenal quality at all. Don't want him in Arsenal.— Lanzy... (@lanzyAB) January 5, 2016
When you see Troy Deeney linked to Arsenal pic.twitter.com/0HGMbJZ1AT— Arsenal Future (@WengerIsBetter) January 5, 2016
£20M For Troy Deeney? ??— Captain Millz (@SammyScott_) January 5, 2016
We’re linked with Troy Deeney? I’ve heard it all now.— Renato (@th14Renato) January 5, 2016
Arsenal are two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the table but Wenger has revealed that he wants to bring in two players this month.
Mohamed Elneny is expected to become Arsenal's first signing later today. The Basel midfielder will fly in to London for an expected medical ahead of what is rumoured to be a £7m move.
Arsenal have opted to recall Serge Gnabry from his loan move to West Brom - only to send him out again with a string of Championship clubs, including Brighton, likely to be interested.