West Brom tar­get Deeney deal as Barry re­tires

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By John Percy

West Bromwich Al­bion are con­sid­er­ing a move to bring Troy Deeney back to the Pre­mier League. The Wat­ford cap­tain is be­ing tar­geted as a po­ten­tial loan sign­ing as last sea­son’s Cham­pi­onship run­ners-up pre­pare to re­turn to the top flight.

Slaven Bilic, the West Brom man­ager, has signed only Matheus Pereira since guid­ing the club to pro­mo­tion and is likely to miss out on top tar­gets Ol­lie Watkins and Eberechi Eze to ri­vals.

Deeney is be­ing dis­cussed as the Mid­lands club seek Pre­mier League ex­pe­ri­ence and a loan deal would be at­trac­tive, de­spite their re­stricted trans­fer bud­get.

Wat­ford were rel­e­gated to the Cham­pi­onship last sea­son and Deeney, 32, is one of the club’s high­est earn­ers.

Filip Krovi­novic, the Croa­t­ian mid­fielder who was on loan last sea­son, is an­other pri­or­ity sign­ing for Bilic but ne­go­ti­a­tions with Ben­fica are prov­ing dif­fi­cult as they want West Brom to com­mit to a per­ma­nent deal at the end of next sea­son.

West Brom are also keen on Shane Duffy, the Brighton cen­tre­half, and are work­ing on a £1mil­lion deal to sign goal­keeper David But­ton from the same club.

Bilic is keen to trim his squad, with for­ward Jonathan Leko poised to join Birm­ing­ham for £1mil­lion. Kieran Gibbs, Ken­neth Zo­hore, Oliver

Burke and Sam Field are also be­ing made avail­able.

Mean­while, Gareth Barry, the Pre­mier League record ap­pear­ance holder, has an­nounced his re­tire­ment from foot­ball at the age of 39.

Barry, who played 653 times in the top flight, rep­re­sented As­ton Villa, Manch­ester City, Ever­ton and West Brom dur­ing a ca­reer span­ning four decades.

The mid­fielder scored 53 goals in the Pre­mier League and won 53 caps for Eng­land be­tween 2000 and 2012, scor­ing three goals.

Barry played his fi­nal game in March when he started West Brom’s 3-2 FA Cup home de­feat by New­cas­tle. In to­tal, he played 833 se­nior matches dur­ing a 23-year ca­reer.

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