Tottenham chasing Championship Star

Tottenham are lining up a sensational swoop for Watford striker Troy Deeney.

Andre Villas-Boas is keen on the free-scoring championship star with Clint Dempsey returning to the US and doubts over the future of Jermain Defoe.

Defoe is interesting the likes of former club West Ham United and Fulham with QPR boss Harry Redknapp also an admirer of the 29 year old.

Should the England striker leave White Hart Lane then it would leave AVB with just two strikers on his books, new signing Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor on his books. That was the costly situation that faced Spurs last season and one the Portuguese manager is keen to avoid this summer.

Deeney is currently valued at the £5 million mark by Watford and at 25 year old is entering his prime as a striker. Deeney has a chequered past, with the former Walsall striker signed for £500,000 three years ago, spending time in prison for his part in an attack outside a Birmingham nightclub last February.

Deeney served a third of the 10 month sentence handed out with his time behind bars resulting in him missing the opening month of last season.

The player soon put that to one side however as he scored 20 goals, including the winner against Leicester in the play-off semi-final, to fire Watford to the Championship play-off final where they ultimately lost to Crystal Palace.

Deeney has continued that fine form into the new season scoring 4 goals in his opening two games of the new season, including a hat-trick in the 6-1 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

Watford have big aspirations for the coming season and boss Gianfranco Zola would not wish to lose a player who only signed a new deal last March however the lure of Spurs and the chance to test his wits in the big time could prove too big a chance to turn down for Deeney.

Hull City are also keeping tabs on the situation and could rival any Spurs bid for the player. Steve Bruce’s side returned to the Premier League by virtue of their second place finish in the Championship last season but they were amongst the divisions lowest scorers finding the back of the net just 61 times, a feat exceed by all 11 clubs that finished lower than them.

Bruce has already moved to address that problem with the capture of Danny Graham and Yannick Sagbo but the former Sunderland manager wants to add another forward to his ranks.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.