Watford boss Beppe Sannino has dismissed talk of losing striker Troy Deeney during the summer transfer window.

There had been some speculation that a move is imminent due to Deeney’s lack of involvement in the clubs pre-season matches.

Sannino spoke to the Watford Observer to make the following comments about the speculation:

“No, no. Absolutely not. Troy played in the second half because all of the players need to play. In the past Troy has played in the first half and today he played in the second. It is normal.”

“Against Udinese the players will play for almost 90 minutes.”

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Premier League clubs Burnley, Leicester City, Swansea City, Everton and Queens Park Rangers have all been linked to the Watford striker so far during the summer.

So far no club has met Watford’s asking price for the player and Sannino continues to insist that at this stage a deal remains a long way off.

It remains to be seen whether one of the Premier League clubs will come in with a new bid. QPR boss Harry Redknapp recently confirmed his plans to sign a new striker, but it is unclear whether Deeney is the number one target.

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