West Brom target Deeney deal as Barry retires
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.