Newcastle United are set to up their hunt for a new striker reports the Daily Mail by making a bid for Watford captain Troy Deeney in the coming days, as it appears that they have missed out on their initial first-choice target, Charlie Austin.
The newly promoted Hornets skipper has long been on the radar of Newcastle's manager Steve McClaren. Twice last season the 54-year-old attempted to lure Deeney to Derby County whilst he was in charge of the Midlands club, however both offers were swiftly rebuffed.
As the Hornets rejected McClaren's last offer of £9 million in the January transfer window it is expected that Watford would only accept an offer in excess of £10 million for the player whom they signed from Walsall for £500,000 in 2010.
The 26-year-old has been a consistent performer in the Championship over recent seasons especially in terms of his goalscoring. The 21 goals he netted in the second tier last season meant that for a third consecutive campaign he managed to find the net on at least 20 occasions.
Due to play in the Premier League for the first time next season he will hope to maintain this impressive record, albeit at a higher level then which he is accustomed to.
The likes of Danny Ings, Rickie Lambert and Charlie Austin have all made the transition from the Championship to the Premier League in recent seasons and have all proved adept at scoring at an elite level, so there is no reason to suggest that Deeney wouldn't be able to repeat this feat.
NEWCASTLE'S STRUGGLE FOR GOALS
Newcastle's inability to find the net was evident for all to see last season particularly when John Carver was handed the reigns of the club during which the Magpies' went through a spell of ten games without managing to score more then once in a single game.
The fact that they only scored five times during this run further emphasises their need for a lethal marksman.
Their total of 40 Premier League goals last season puts them just above the three relegated teams as well as Sunderland, Aston Villa and West Brom in terms of the number of goals scored for the campaign.
However, were it not for Papiss Cisse's crucial 11 goals last term then Newcastle would have found themselves just above Burnley at the bottom of that list.
With this in mind it is clear to see why Newcastle are desperate to attain the services of a new striker having reportedly been linked to Charlie Austin and Andy Carroll already in the close season.
This new attempt to sign Deeney does however appear to quash rumours that they will sign Austin with the QPR man also attracting the interest of Chelsea.
Mike Ashley, who has always been reluctant to overspend at Newcastle has handed McClaren £25 million to strengthen the team with, and to sign both Austin and Deeney would require Newcastle to part ways with their entire transfer budget.
Newcastle fans: Is Troy Deeney the type of player needed by Steve McLaren this summer? Would you be happy to pay £10m+ for the Watford striker? Have your say below...