Former Premier League striker Troy Deeney has revealed that he held talks with Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri as the club attempted to bring him to the King Power Stadium.
They saw several bids for Deeney turned down by Watford, with the biggest bid being around the £25 million mark.
And the player has admitted that he was tempted by a move to the club after talks with Ranieri.
“That summer (2016), Leicester, the reigning champions, made several bids to sign me,” the now Birmingham City striker wrote in an extract of his new autobiography featured in >the Sun .
“I was flattered by that and tempted by it. I spoke to the Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri about it and looked at it as a win–win situation.
“I was the main man at Watford and was being mentioned in the England conversation but if I had gone to Leicester, I think I would have had an England call-up by now.
“I would have played Champions League there and my profile would have gone up.”
Deeney has some history with Leicester, being the player to score the memorable Watford goal in the play-off semi-final.
A move to City would have seen him link up with Jamie Vardy, a partnership Deeney believes would have been successful.
“Jamie Vardy was weighing up a move to Arsenal at the same time Leicester were offering Watford £25million for me but he ended up staying,” he added.
“I would have played with Vardy in a two up front and I think our natural games would have complemented each other well.
“I knew I had to be realistic and understand that if the move did happen, I would never be able to be part of something that surpassed what Leicester had just achieved.
“I was never going to become a Leicester legend in the same way I had become part of Watford’s history.
“I don’t really look back on it with regrets.
“I wonder what might have been if that route had been taken but the path that I stayed on has been great, in terms of what I have meant to Watford and what Watford means to me.”
Deeney went onto play for a further five seasons for Watford, before moving to childhood club Birmingham City on a free transfer this summer.
Source : https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/troy-deeney-leicester-city-transfer-5982243774